Canada's ethics csar will examine allegations the prime minister's office may have improperly tried to help a firm avoid a criminal trial.
A news report last week alleged that PM Justin Trudeau's office pushed for intervention in the fraud case against engineering group SNC-Lavalin.
Mr Trudeau has denied the Globe and Mail report, which cited unnamed sources.
The firm is facing fraud and corruption charges related to contracts in Libya.
On Monday, Canada's independent Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner confirmed he has launched an examination following a request from two opposition New Democrat MPs.
Speaking in Vancouver, the prime minister said he "welcomes" the probe into allegations of improper conduct by government officials.
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