Advertisement

Tories, NDP seek emergency ethics committee meeting after bombshell SNC-Lavalin report

Click to play video: 'Jody Wilson-Raybould reacts to SNC-Lavalin ethics report' Jody Wilson-Raybould reacts to SNC-Lavalin ethics report
WATCH: Jody Wilson-Raybould reacts to SNC-Lavalin ethics report – Aug 15, 2019

Opposition MPs want to hear from the ethics commissioner directly on his bombshell report on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

https://omny.fm/shows/charles-adler-tonight/peter-mackay-gives-us-his-take-on-snc-lavalin

READ MORE: Trudeau doubles down, refuses to apologize for SNC-Lavalin pressure after damning report

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.

WATCH: Scheer says Trudeau’s response to SNC-Lavalin report ‘completely phony’
Click to play video: 'Scheer says Trudeau’s response to SNC-Lavalin report ‘completely phony’' Scheer says Trudeau’s response to SNC-Lavalin report ‘completely phony’
Scheer says Trudeau’s response to SNC-Lavalin report ‘completely phony’ – Aug 15, 2019

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.

Story continues below advertisement

WATCH: ‘Your leader has betrayed your trust,’ Scheer says

Click to play video: '‘Your leader has betrayed your trust’: Scheer' ‘Your leader has betrayed your trust’: Scheer
‘Your leader has betrayed your trust’: Scheer – Aug 16, 2019

“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.”

TIMELINE: What’s happened so far in the SNC-Lavalin affair

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.

Story continues below advertisement

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.

WATCH: Scheer calls on Canadians to urge Liberals to vote for allowing ethics committee to ‘do its work’

Click to play video: 'Scheer calls on Canadians to urge Liberals to vote for allowing ethics committee to ‘do its work’' Scheer calls on Canadians to urge Liberals to vote for allowing ethics committee to ‘do its work’
Scheer calls on Canadians to urge Liberals to vote for allowing ethics committee to ‘do its work’ – Aug 16, 2019

READ MORE: Trudeau broke ethics rules over SNC-Lavalin affair, 2nd ethics violation since 2015

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.

Story continues below advertisement

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.

WATCH: Scheer denounces Trudeau’s response to ethics commissioner report on SNC Lavalin scandal

Click to play video: 'Scheer denounces Trudeau’s response to ethics commissioner report on SNC Lavalin scandal' Scheer denounces Trudeau’s response to ethics commissioner report on SNC Lavalin scandal
Scheer denounces Trudeau’s response to ethics commissioner report on SNC Lavalin scandal – Aug 16, 2019

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

Sponsored content