August 14, 2019 / 7:36 PM / 3 months ago

Trudeau reacts to ethics report, says he cannot apologise for standing up for Canadian jobs

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a working lunch at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka, Japan, on Friday, June 28, 2019. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he took responsibility for the findings of an ethics report that found he improperly acted to influence a corporate legal case, but he refused to apologise and said he acted to defend Canadian jobs.

“I take full responsibility. The buck stops with the prime minister,” Trudeau told reporters in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, adding: “I cannot apologise for standing up for Canadian jobs.”

Earlier in the day, independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion said Trudeau and his team had attempted to undermine a decision by federal prosecutors that construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc should face trial on corruption charges.

Reporting by Steve Scherer; editing by Grant McCool

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