Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday accepted a watchdog's r...Steve Scherer 4 Min Read OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday accepted a watchdog’s report that he breached ethics rules by trying to influence a corporate legal case but refused to apologize, saying he had been trying to defend jobs. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks about a watchdog's report that he breached ethics rules by trying to influence a corporate legal case regarding SNC-Lavalin, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Andrej Ivanov Independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion said Trudeau and his team attempted last year to undermine a decision by federal prosecutors that construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc should face a corruption trial. Dion’s scathing 58-page assessment could hurt Trudeau’s chances of retaining power in a general election in October. “I fully accept this report ... I take full responsibility. The buck stops with the prime minister,” said Trudeau, adding that he nevertheless disagreed with some of Dion’s conclusions. The scandal over SNC-Lavalin, which erupted in early February, battered Trudeau’s image as a youthful progressive at the helm of a government that had vowed to be open and transparent. He is the first Canadian prime minister found to have broken federal ethics rules. The firm, a major employer in the politically important province of Quebec, wanted to take advantage of a 2018 law allowing it to escape with a fine rather than be prosecuted for bribing officials in Libya. Trudeau has admitted he tried last year to persuade former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to reconsider the prosecutor’s decision to press ahead with a trial. “What we did over the past year wasn’t good enough. But at the same time I can’t apologize for standing up for Canadian jobs,” he told a televised news conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The affair marked the low point of Trudeau’s almost four-year tenure and prompted the resignation of two high-profile female cabinet ministers, his closest personal aide Gerry Butts, and the head of the federal bureaucracy. The case proved politically harmful and Trudeau’s Liberals trailed the official opposition Conservatives for several months in opinion polls ahead of the election. Recent surveys, however, showed the center-left Liberals edging in front of their right-leaning rivals. Dion found 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. Wilson-Raybould refused to overrule the prosecutor’s decision, and was demoted in a cabinet shuffle in January. She resigned the next month. She later told legislators she had been subjected to inappropriate pressure over SNC-Lavalin and was particularly critical of the role played by Butts, who has rejoined Trudeau’s team to focus on the election. “The report confirms critical facts, consistent with what I shared with all Canadians, and affirms the position I have taken from the outset,” Wilson-Raybould said in a statement on Wednesday. “There were multiple attempts to improperly influence my decision.” Trudeau sidestepped questions as to whether he would fire Butts and other senior aides. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer described Trudeau’s behavior as “unforgivable” and said a police investigation was warranted. “He has stated so many falsehoods that no one can believe anything he says,” Scheer told a televised news conference in Regina, Saskatchewan. Slideshow (4 Images) The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it was examining the matter carefully and would take appropriate action as required. The report marks the second time Trudeau has fallen afoul of conflict of interest rules. In December 2017, former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said Trudeau acted wrongly by accepting a vacation on the Aga Khan’s private island. On that occasion, Trudeau apologized. Reporting by David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer; Additional reporting by Kelsey Johnson; editing by Will Dunham and Grant McCool Our Standards: Read more: Reuters Top News
I can't believe! By not apologizing Trudeau admits pragmatism(vote banks)triumphs over ethics-no moral ambiguity here-clearly scales tip on d side of wrong To follow ethical rules is to follow a straight path,not climb the greasy poll but seldom can one reach the top without flouting ethics how unkind of peoplekind
You’ve got a President who breaches ethics rules every single day. Moving on. Canada is great. Leave Canada alone. Canadians are happy. Let’s leave it at that. お元気そうで何よりです 今日この頃理解頂き協力して頂き 有難う御座います 今後ともよろしくお願いいたします。 Twice. He broke ethics rules twice and refuses to apologize. Turns out, he's just the same as the other liberal liars.
We don't want an apology we want him gone. Has to be held accountable. This is exactly how bad precedents are set. Even through dance?! 😲
Top Canada ethics watchdog says Trudeau broke conflict of interest rules Canada 's top ethics watchdog on Wednesday ruled Prime Minister Justin Trude... 🤡 Hope the Canadian nationalists don't start calling the watchdog Anti-national T dans la marrde mon Trudeau
He is half Cuban so he can not apologize. What a shame that in a country of over 37 million people our top federal officials are all sketchy as hell. He didn't add, and it's nothing new for him. Chip off the old Trumpism He must resign First Canadian to refuse to apologize? Wild. sorrey! He only apolgizes when other people did the wrong not when he does a wrong
Big time OWO guy. Did anyone ever see the interview of him outside in the crazy heat where they did a close up of his face? LOL his EYEBROWS were slipping down onto his eyes, the spirit gum melted! So great! I played it over and over for the fun of it. LMFAO this guy has done nothing with a majority government but travel the world apologizing for the past 200 years of Canada, but won't apologize for the shit he admits he did personally wow pretty brave in election year. JustinTrudeau
But that's okay because he's so darned nice about it!
Fracking in U.S. and Canada linked to worldwide atmospheric methane spike'The commercialization of shale gas and oil in the 21st century has dramatically increased global methane emissions', said the scientist behind the study. One volcanic eruption can produce more CO2 than all the humans who ever lived. Carbon dioxide feeds the plants on earth. That is something we learned in elementary school. Omg!
He's trump with hair just!! Just bloody apologise. Please try to be more transparent with your headlines. I understand why people sometimes bend for the sake of saving jobs. JustinTrudeau also needs to ban seal clubbing. BanSealClubbing StopAnimalAbuse He's the first Canadian ever to refuse to apologise.
'Yes it was unethical, but it's good to be unethical' is a take, I guess It is quite unreal JustinTrudeau is the ONLY Canadian that doesn’t apologize He is the most light weight leader there ever was. That includes Boris and Donald. I doubt he could spell his father’s full name. Embarrassing for all Canadians.
1. 2016 'I will be personally responsible for harm that may come to any citizen of Canada' 'Any harm, from any refugee, brought into Canada by my Government, I stand personally responsible' 2. 2018 13-Year Marissa Shen raped and killed by Ibrahim Ali, a 28-year Syrian refugee Any chance of him getting re-elected?
Air Canada sees A220 jet delivering boost for key U.S. transit trafficAir Canada said on Wednesday it will launch a direct Seattle-Montreal service ne... I think that's a B787 in the picture.
Nice framing, Reuters. You lose more credibility with me everyday He should resign then. A Canadian that WON'T apologize? Well, I NEVER!
Why U.S. taxpayers repeatedly paid a Trump hotel in CanadaThe Secret Service stayed at a Trump hotel in Vancouver while protecting Donald Trump Jr. on a hunting trip to Canada . Is this the same as when Biden charges them rent to live on his property? It's cute Trumpy Jr. tries to be a redneck now. Helping dad secure that dumb people vote that elected him. DonaldJTrumpJr IvankaTrump POTUS realDonaldTrump nypost foxandfriends LouDobbs Disgusting!!!
Canada murder suspects apparently died by suicide, autopsies findTwo young murder suspects found dead after an extensive manhunt apparently shot and killed themselves, police in Canada said Monday. Ben Shapiro on the right Where were the Clintons? Cowards. They should have been tried, and in my opinion the death penalty should be reinstated in this country. These two deserved it!
Canada police: 2 teen fugitives took their own livesTORONTO (AP) — Canadian police said Monday they believe two teenage fugitives suspected of killing a North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend as well as another man took their own lives... Dorks Pathetic psycho cowards Boo Freaking Hoo