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If the RCMP comes in, ‘we’re cooked’ in the upcoming election, say some worried Liberal MPs

By Abbas Rana and Nina Russell       

Some Liberal MPs say they are considering not using Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s name or image in their election campaign material.

Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in breach of ethics laws in his damning report issued last week, but Mr. Trudeau—pictured in the House of Commons earlier this year—told reporters he has nothing to apologize for regarding the SNC-Lavalin scandal. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

An RCMP investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair would “kill” the Liberal party’s re-election chances in the upcoming campaign if it were to become known to the public, say some Liberals, speaking in the days after Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion issued a report that said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had broken the law spelled out in the Conflict of Interest Act.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Mike Lapointe
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