Justin Trudeau Day After Ethics Report

Former Liberal MP Philpott says the report ‘speaks for itself’ on the PM’s actions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained dogged Thursday that he doesn’t need to apologize for his role in the SNC-Lavalin affair, a day after Canada’s ethics watchdog found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence the former attorney general while she was dealing with the SNC-Lavalin case.

During an announcement in Fredericton on Thursday morning, Trudeau was asked by a reporter how he can take responsibility, but not apologize.

“I’m not going to apologize for standing up for Canadians’ jobs because that’s my job — to make sure that Canadians, communities and families across the country are supported, and that’s what I will always do,” he responded.

Trudeau’s comments echoed his resolve Wednesday, following the release of the report by Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion, that while he takes full responsibility for the SNC-Lavalin affair, he refuses to apologize.

The report found the prime minister violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence Jody Wilson-Raybould and get her to overrule a decision to not grant a deferred prosecution agreement to the Quebec-based engineering firm.

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