Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Jody Wilson-Raybould  in Ottawa on Dec. 15, 2015.

OTTAWA — “Clearly the RCMP are taking this seriously enough to start investigating individuals in the Prime Minister’s Office.”

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was eager to talk about the latest development in the ongoing saga of SNC-Lavalin as he prepared to board his campaign plane Wednesday, an issue that threatens to haunt Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau ahead of the Oct. 21 election.

The Globe and Mail published a story late the night before the election was called, saying the RCMP has been looking into potential obstruction of justice in the SNC-Lavalin affair, and that the federal police force was not granted access to any more materials than ethics commissioner Mario Dion had received as he conducted his own examination.

Watch: A timeline of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Story continues below.

Dion’s report, released last month, concluded Trudeau had contravened the Conflict of Interest Act when he tried to pressure former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould into intervening to head off criminal proceedings on corruption charges against the Montreal engineering giant.

“Clearly the RCMP are taking this seriously enough to start investigating individuals in the Prime Minister’s Office,” Scheer said Wednesday.

Is the RCMP really investigating people in the PMO? During an election campaign?

The RCMP has never said it is investigating the Liberal government — or, as Scheer claimed, people in the PMO — in relation to the SNC-Lavalin affair.

No member of staff has been contacted and no materials have been requested.Joe Pickerill, Liberal Party campaign spokesman

The most the national police force said, when everyone was looking for a reaction to the report from the ethics commissioner, was that it was “examining this matter carefully with all available information″ and would follow up if need be.

Now that an election campaign is officially underway, the RCMP is saying even less.

“Unfortunately, we are not in a position to confirm anything in …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Music


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