August 15, 2019 •
Ethics Office Finds Trudeau Violated Conflict of Interest Act
On August 14, Canada’s federal ethics office issued a report finding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used his position to seek to influence a decision of the Attorney General of Canada relating to a criminal prosecution involving a Canadian corporation based in Montreal.
The 63-page report, released by the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, was prepared by Commissioner Mario Dion.
Dion concludes in the report that Trudeau violated section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act.
Section 9 prohibits public office holders from using their position to seek to influence a decision of another person to further their own private interests or those of their relatives or friends, or to improperly further another person’s private interests.
Included in the report is a summary of the official response from Trudeau’s legal counsel denying culpability.
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