Trudeau government faces ethics probe over SNC-Lavalin fraud case

Trudeau government faces ethics probe over SNC-Lavalin fraud case

Trudeau government faces ethics probe over SNC-Lavalin fraud case

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he welcomed an investigation by Canada's ethics commissioner into allegations officials in his office had tried to pressure then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould a year ago to get public prosecutors to cut a deal with SNC-Lavalin to avoid a criminal trial.

Wilson-Raybould said she intends to stay on as the MP for Vancouver-Granville and thanked her constituents, staff, and officials for their support, saying she was stepping down "with a heavy heart".

To date, Wilson-Raybould has said little about the allegations, citing solicitor-client privilege.

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. The Quebec company, which offers a range of services across engineering, procurement and construction, is facing bribery and fraud charges. "And I also highlight that we're bound by cabinet confidentiality".

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". But if anyone was trying to exert pressure on Wilson-Raybould to influence the legal proceedings, they crossed the line. "I only wish that I could have served you longer", she writes.

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On Monday, Canada's independent Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner confirmed he has launched an examination following a request from two opposition New Democrat MPs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called an emergency cabinet meeting for Tuesday morning, though ministers are in their ridings or fanned out across the country, so many will be teleconferencing in and not all together around the cabinet table in Ottawa.

Shortly after the Globe and Mail report, the Prime Minister denied the allegations, calling the story false.

SNC-Lavalin was charged with paying out $48 million in bribes to Libyan officials in the decade leading up to the NATO-led overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government in 2011, payments meant to influence government decision-making, though the company was also charged with defrauding Libyan companies of about $130 million.

Ms Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of the justice portfolio last month and into veteran's affairs, a move widely seen as a demotion.

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