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Ethics committee to decide whether to dig deeper into SNC-Lavalin report

The SNC-Lavalin headquarters is seen in Montreal on February 12, 2019. SNC-Lavalin's court fight for a special agreement to avoid prosecution on corruption charges is lurching along despite the prospect of a criminal trial and an ethics watchdog's report criticizing the prime minister's actions on the file. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

OTTAWA — A handful of MPs are returning to Parliament Hill to figure out whether they should dig deeper into the federal ethics watchdog’s scathing report of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Conservatives and New Democrats pushed for Wednesday’s emergency meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee, where MPs will debate whether to invite ethics commissioner Mario Dion to testify.

They could also try to call Trudeau, who was found to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt criminal proceedings against the Montreal engineering giant.

The Liberals hold a majority on the committee, however, and are unlikely to support a move that would keep the SNC-Lavalin controversy in the headlines as MPs gear up for the Oct. 21 election.

Trudeau has argued he was just trying to save jobs and now says that is what voters want to focus on too.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling on the RCMP to investigate the matter.

The Canadian Press