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'I very badly wanted to get it done,' says Dawson of Trudeau report

'I very badly wanted to get it done,' says Dawson of Trudeau report
From Global News - January 14, 2018

Mary Dawson says she worked hard to get a report into Justin Trudeaus controversial Bahamas vacation out to the public before finishing her term as federal ethics commissioner, mainly because she hates loose ends.

I very badly wanted to get it done, Dawson told The West Blocks Vassy Kapelos in a recent interview.

I dont like leaving things unfinishedIput a lot of time and effort into it.


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The complexity of the file and the high level of scrutiny surrounding the case from both the public and the media made it both challenging and interesting, Dawson explained. Trudeau accepted a ride in the Aga Khans private helicopter and stayed on the spiritual leaders private island over the holidays in 2016.

Dawsons final report, issued on Dec. 20, 2017,found thatin doing so, the prime minister contravened specific sections of the federal law governing conflict of interest and ethics on Parliament Hill.

I mean, the prime minister is the prime minister and I was careful with (the report), but Im careful with all my reports, Dawson said.

Dawson has deployed a matter-of-fact tone and clipped replies repeatedly in recent weeks as the opposition parties and the media have attempted to get her to expand on her findings. She maintains that her report on Trudeaus behaviour, which was twice as long as any other she produced during her tenure, speaks for itself.

The prime minister, for his part, has apologized for what he has acknowledged was a mistake.

But the now-former ethics watchdog was careful to point out that Trudeau did not commit a crime and was never charged under the Criminal Codecontrary to the belief of at least one Canadian posing a question during a town hall in Nova Scotia last week.

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I dont like to use the word convictions, because its not a criminal case, Dawson noted.

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