Globe and Mail March 15, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and senior officials in his office have retained outside legal counsel to advise them as the federal Ethics Commissioner probes allegations of political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Mr. Trudeau’s communications director, Cameron Ahmad, told The Globe and Mail on Friday that Treasury Board rules allow for hiring of outside counsel when government officials are either sued, threatened with a suit, charged with an offence or under threat of being named in a legal action.

“As per the Treasury Board Policy on Legal Assistance and Indemnification, counsel has been retained to advise on the matter in question,” Mr. Ahmad said in an e-mail.

Mr. Ahmad would not provide further details or reveal the names of the law firms retained by Mr. Trudeau and staff in the Prime Minister’s Office. He also declined to say whether the lawyers are helping the Prime Minister and staff in relation to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s formal request last month for an RCMP investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

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