Open and Shut: RCMP say investigation into Trudeau already over

Mike Campbell

June 19, 2023

Following a bombshell report earlier on Monday that stated Trudeau is being investigated for obstruction of justice, the RCMP have provided an update, saying the investigation is already complete, and that there was “insufficient evidence.”

RCMP deny investigation into Trudeau’s political interference

Earlier in the day, Democracy Watch, a non-profit, revealed an access to information request they received four weeks ago, on May 25.

In it, the RCMP confirmed they were actively investigating the SNC-Lavalin affair, where Trudeau was accused of obstructing justice — and found guilty of violating ethics laws — for pressuring then-Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould to stop prosecuting SNC Lavalin.

“A review of the records revealed that this matter is currently under investigation,” the RCMP stated in a letter to Democracy Watch.

But several hours after the news broke, the RCMP said the investigation is over.

“The RCMP is not investigating allegations of political interference in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion to secure a remediation agreement for SNC-Lavalin,” the RCMP statement read.

“The statement, in a May 2023 Access to Information Release was sent using information available at the time.”

The RCMP added, “After a comprehensive and impartial assessment of all available information, the RCMP determined that there was insufficient evidence to substantiate a criminal offence and the file was concluded.”

In the May 25 letter, the RCMP not only confirmed they were investigating Trudeau, but also former Finance Minister Bill Morneau and other government officials.

It was the first time the Canadian public had confirmation that the RCMP had even begun an investigation into the allegations against the PM.

The Counter Signal inquired with the RCMP about when they concluded their investigation into Trudeau, but did not hear back before publication.

After Wilson-Raybould made the allegations in 2019, she later appeared before the House of Commons Justice Committee, saying that she “experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada in an inappropriate effort to secure a deferred prosecution agreement [DPA] with SNC-Lavalin.”

Among these people was Trudeau, who Wilson-Raybould says tried to influence her decision and convince her not to pursue action against the engineering giant.

Trudeau ultimately fired Wilson-Raybould from her position as Attorney General after she refused to succumb to the pressure.

Trudeau denied these allegations, but then-ethics commissioner Mario Dion disagreed with the PM.

Dion said that Trudeau engaged in a “flagrant attempt to influence” Wilson-Raybould to further “SNC-Lavalin’s private interests” and that Trudeau and his office abused their position to “circumvent, undermine, and ultimately attempt to discredit” her claims.

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