Ethics commissioner launches investigation into political interference allegations in SNC-Lavalin case

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The Globe reported that the Prime Minister's Office pressured Wilson-Raybould to cut a deal with SNC-Lavalin that would allow the company to avoid going to trial over allegations it paid millions in bribes to secure government contracts in Libya.

Ms Wilson-Raybould has so far declined to comment on the story, citing solicitor-client privilege.

In a letter published on her website, the former justice minister says she has hired former Supreme Court judge Thomas Cromwell to tell her what she can say about her dealings with the prime minister on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

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"Canada's Ethics Commissioner agrees there are sufficient grounds to begin an independent investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his office for the alleged special treatment they gave SNC-Lavalin", said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

Trudeau denies the allegations, claiming "Neither the current nor the previous attorney general was ever directed by me or anyone in my office to take a decision in this matter".

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Wilson-Raybould was not among the British Columbia Liberal MPs who attended multiple events with Trudeau in the Vancouver area. "Justin Trudeau promised Canadians he would change the way politics worked in Ottawa, but instead his Liberal government continues to prioritize helping insiders and the rich get ahead".

It's highly likely that the issue was discussed by the prime minister and senior cabinet members, but that's not unusual given the possible ramifications if SNC-Lavalin has the book thrown at it for influence peddling and bribery on foreign soil.

Trudeau has repeatedly denied the allegations, but Wilson-Raybould has been unable to confirm or deny them due to what she says is solicitor-client privilege.

Government officials have confirmed that Wilson-Raybould was involved in intensive internal discussions last fall about whether to instruct the director of public prosecutions to drop her insistence on a trial and negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin. "And at the end of the day, I abide by the long-standing principle that when acting as attorney general, I will apply my judicial mind to a decision, and not my political mind".

On Wednesday, the House justice committee will meet to review a request from the opposition parties that the committee investigate the allegations.

In the first ruling, Dion's predecessor Mary Dawson ruled that Trudeau breached federal ethics rules when he and his family vacationed with the Aga Khan on his private island in the Bahamas in 2016.

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