August 14, 2019 / 3:43 PM / 2 months ago

Top Canada ethics watchdog says PM Trudeau contravened conflict of interest rules

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.

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 should face trial on corruption charges. (Reporting by Steve Scherer)

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