Red Deer-Lacombe Minister of Parliament Blaine Calkins (Black Press File Photo)

Red Deer-Lacombe Minister of Parliament Blaine Calkins (Black Press File Photo)

Red Deer- Lacombe MP disapointed by Liberals blocking hearings on SNC-Lavalin affair ethics report

MP Calkins said Canadians will pass a verdict over the affair during the upcoming election

Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins said it was “profoundly disappointing” that members of a parliamentary committee have blocked an opposition attempt to hear from ethics commissioner Mario Dion about his scathing report into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

The only Liberal MP who supported the Conservative Motion was Nathanial Eskine-Smith, who said he wanted to hear the commissioner explain his conflict of interest opinion on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which he found legally flawed.

Calkins said Liberals are trying to prevent Canadians from knowing the truth about the SNC-Lavalin affair and said Canadians will pass verdict during the upcoming Federal Election.

“On October 21st Canadians will have the opportunity to tell the Prime Minister themselves by electing a new Conservative government that will focus on helping everyday Canadians get ahead, unlike the Liberals who are focused on their powerful and well-connected friends, even while mired in repeated ethical scandal,” he said.

Quebec Liberal MP said the Conservative, NDP motion was a partisan attempt to create cause further outrage over SNC-Lavalin.

Dion’s report said that the Prime Minister broke the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring the former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to halt criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Dion has said that he would make himself available to testify should the committee choose to call him.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has called Trudeau a lawbreaker, while Trudeau has suggested Canadians are looking to move on from the affair.

-With files from the Canadian Press



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

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