The SNC-Lavalin scandal continues to follow the Liberals. On Sept. 11, the Globe and Mail reported that the Federal Government had blocked the RCMP from fully investigating the SNC-Lavalin case. The news comes just as the Prime Minister is about to call the federal election.
According to the report from Daniel Leblanc and Robert Fife, key members of Trudeau's cabinet have been blocked from answering any questions from the RCMP about the SNC-Lavalin case. The Liberal government has apparently refused to lift cabinet confidentiality from certain witnesses and evidence.
The RCMP is investigating whether there was obstruction of justice in the SNC-Lavalin case, but they will not carry on during the election. According to the report, the RCMP's policy is to not actively pursue any political cases during an election. The report also states that the RCMP is not launching a criminal investigation, at least not officially.
The last time the RCMP launched an investigation leading up to an election was during the sponsorship scandal. In that instance, the Liberal party lost the 2006 election to Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.
Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod told the Globe and Mail that the decision not to offer waivers for cabinet confidentiality "was made solely by the Clerk of the Privy Council as guardian of cabinet confidences." Justin Trudeau's director of communications also told the Globe and Mail that the Prime Minister's office had no involvement in that decision.
Despite that information, a number of Canadians on Twitter have expressly blamed Justin Trudeau for blocking the investigation. That includes PPC leader Maxime Bernier and conservative writer Ezra Levant.
It remains to be seen how this investigation will affect the course of the election. According to the CBC Poll Tracker, as of Sept. 10, the Liberal and Conservative parties are in a statistical tie. The federal election will take place on Oct. 21.