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WorldTop Canada ethics watchdog says Trudeau broke conflict of interest rules

19:46  14 august  2019
19:46  14 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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OTTAWA, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Canada's top ethics watchdog on Wednesday ruled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his officials had contravened conflict of interest rules by trying to influence a corporate legal case, dealing a blow to the ruling Liberals less than 10 weeks before an election.

Top Canada ethics watchdog says Trudeau broke conflict of interest rules© Reuters/Patrick Doyle FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

In a scathing report, independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion said Trudeau and his officials attempted to circumvent, undermine and discredit a decision by federal prosecutors that construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc should face trial on corruption charges.

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Ethics watchdog says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke conflict of interest rules when he vacationed on a private island belonging to the Aga khan last Christmas. Canada 's federal ethics commissioner has concluded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated conflict of interest rules .

OTTAWA, Ontario – Canada 's federal ethics commissioner has concluded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated conflict of interest rules when he Mary Dawson said in a report Wednesday that Trudeau 's vacation broke conflict of interest laws that prohibits a minister from accepting gifts or

Trudeau, who says he was worried about potential job losses should the trial go ahead, admits he tried to persuade former Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould last year to reconsider the decision but insists he did nothing wrong.

Dion disagreed, saying Trudeau had contravened conflict of interest rules forbidding public office holders from trying to improperly further another person's private interests.

"Because SNC-Lavalin overwhelmingly stood to benefit from Ms. Wilson-Raybould's intervention, I have no doubt that the result of Mr. Trudeau's influence would have furthered SNC-Lavalin's interests. The actions that sought to further these interests were improper," he said in his decision.

Wilson-Raybould, who refused to overrule the prosecutor's decision, and was demoted in a cabinet shuffle in January and resigned the next month.

Trudeau's office said the prime minister would react to the report later on Wednesday. (Additional reporting by Steve Scherer and Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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