SNC-Lavalin scandal a window in Ottawa’s power culture

Last November, SNC-Lavalin held a massive schmoozefest in Ottawa featuring Liberal cabinet ministers as guest speakers. The firm was the marquee sponsor for the 26th Annual Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships Conference. This event has become a who’s-who for companies looking to get into the feeding frenzy of privatized infrastructure and service contracts under the Trudeau government.

The fact that this was happening as the government was trying to pressure former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould into cutting a deal for SNC shows that the Trudeau government treated the approaching corruption trial as an annoyance to be managed.