Mario Dion

The Liberal majority on the House of Commons ethics committee has voted down an opposition motion to call Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion to testify about his report concluding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act over the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Liberal MP Steven MacKinnon said he and the other Liberal MPs sitting on the committee today voted down the motion because, following Dion’s report and hours of testimony on the scandal over a five-week period, there was nothing new to add to their understanding of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Raitt said she wanted Dion to respond to two of Trudeau’s statements — that his government fully cooperated with Dion’s investigation and that Trudeau does not accept the conclusion that the prime minister should have no contact at all with the attorney general on pending decisions.

Conservative MP Peter Kent said Dion’s investigation was incomplete because he was prevented, by the clerk of the privy council, from reviewing evidence that the clerk declared was covered by cabinet confidence.

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