Opposition MPs want to hear from the ethics commissioner directly on his bombshell report on the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The Conservatives and NDP have requested a meeting of the House of Commons Ethics Committee in order to introduce a motion to get Mario Dion to appear.
Conservative MP Bob Zimmer is the chair of that committee and has the authority to call committee meetings. A Conservative source tells Global News the meeting has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Aug. 21.
Conservative MPs Peter Kent and Jacques Gourde, who are on the committee, sent a letter to Zimmer on Thursday asking him to do just that in order to invite Dion to testify on what they described as the “grave situation” outlined in his report.
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“Not only is Mr. Trudeau the first prime minister to have been found guilty of breaking the law, he is a repeat offender,” the letter stated.
“Canadians deserve fulsome answers to the many remaining questions.”
NDP MP Charlie Angus said on Twitter that he has also sent a letter calling for an emergency meeting.
In addition to Dion, he wants the committee to hear from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Trudeau’s adviser Ben Chin.
Liberal MPs hold the majority of seats on the ethics committee, so it’s unlikely the Tory motion would pass at the meeting.
A media release from the Conservative Party notes that then-ethics commissioner Mary Dawson appeared before the same committee following the release of her report that found Trudeau’s 2016 visit to the Aga Khan’s private island went against ethics rules.
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Dion’s report, released Wednesday, found that Trudeau violated conflict-of-interest rules by attempting to interfere in the corruption case against the Quebec engineering giant.
Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould said in February she was pressured by key officials in the Trudeau administration to resolve criminal charges against the company through a deferred prosecution agreement, a new legal tool comparable to a plea deal.
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Trudeau said he accepts responsibility for the ethics commissioner’s findings but is not apologizing for “standing up for Canadian jobs.”
With files from the Canadian Press