Gallant Reacts To Ethics Watchdog Findings


Canada's opposition parties are are already building their pre-election war rooms on news of this week's ethics commissioner's findings over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's involvement in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

On Wednesday, ethics watchdog Mario Dion found Trudeau violated conflict-of-interest rules by improperly pressuring then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene to get criminal proceedings against the Montreal-based engineering giant turned into a type of plea agreement instead.

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant called the findings evidence of a pattern of law-breaking by the Prime Minister, making reference to an earlier vacation taken by the Prime Minister to the Aga Khan's private island.

Trudeau was also found to have broken the federal ethics act over that vacation.

In 2017 Dion’s predecessor Mary Dawson found that when Trudeau took a Christmas 2016 trip with family and friends to the island in the Bahamas, he contravened the act in four ways related to accepting accommodations from someone registered to lobby his office.

"Just as he vacationed on a billionaire’s private island, in violation of Canadian law, he has also been found guilty of interfering in the SNC-Lavalin case", Gallant said.  

"The pattern of Trudeau’s law-breaking is clear. He has one set of rules for the rich and powerful, and another set of rules for the rest of us", she added.

"Unethical and illegal behavior should never be rewarded", Gallant said.

Scheer Calls For Investigation

Gallant also repeated Conservative leader Andrew Scheer's statement that the findings are proof that Trudeau is quote - not as advertised - to Canadian voters.

Scheer says the report has unearthed enough evidence to warrant an investigation.

A statement by the RCMP says the force is examining the matter carefully "with all available information and will take appropriate actions as required".

The NDP leader also reacted to the findings.

“It is absolutely outrageous that Prime Minister Trudeau violated the trust of Canadians to further the interests of his corporate friends. This report proves that the Liberal government has put the wealthy and the well-connected above the law – and the Prime Minister himself is directly responsible,” said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

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