…What’s being sold now is economic hyperbole designed to protect existing interests. If the engineering services of SNC-Lavalin are in legitimate demand, then those customers will still demand those services whether SNC-Lavalin continues to decline or fails. Other firms will expand and/or new firms will emerge to capture SNC-Lavalin’s market share. That’s how entrepreneurial capitalism works.
The Liberal Party and their crony capitalist friends have made a mockery of the rule of law in Canada.
The RCMP say they will not comment on the matter, the prime minister’s office gave me a simple “No” when I asked the question.
Have the Mounties contacted the PM or anyone in his office about the SNC-Lavalin affair yet?
That this hasn’t happened is shocking, especially given the testimony of the Clerk of the Privy Council on Thursday.
Subpoenas have been issued to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his former and current top officials — including ex-principal secretary Gerald Butts — for any notes, emails or texts they may have related to the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.
The notes are being sought by the legal team defending the former vice chief of the defence staff against a single charge of breach of trust. Norman is accused of leaking cabinet secrets in relation to a shipbuilding deal.
The subpoenas were issued earlier this month as Toronto lawyer Marie Henein was preparing a motion to dismiss the case on the basis of alleged political interference.
More than one reason for Gerry’s sudden departure.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians should listen to the country’s top public servant when it comes to the questions about whether Trudeau’s office tried to pressure former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to stop prosecuting SNC-Lavalin.
Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice committee Thursday, telling MPs that there was absolutely no improper pressure.
Wernick said any information Wilson-Raybould got was to ensure she had the context she needed to decide what to do but that she was always told the final decision was hers.
We have listened. You’re guilty.
The Liberal government, according to the Liberal government, absolutely wants to get to the bottom of the SNC-Lavalin affair. The problem is the Liberal government is standing in the way. What’s a government to do?
The question at the centre of this saga is whether former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured by anyone in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to seek a deferred prosecution agreement in the criminal case involving Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.
He made a creepy attempt to persuade Canadians that if they doubt our institutions of government it is them, and not said government, that must be the problem
Four years ago, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officially leveled corruption and fraud charges against Montreal engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, over alleged criminal acts that occurred while that firm was doing business in Libya. The Globe and Mail broke the biggest scandal since Canada’s Adscam scandal, which cost the Liberals dearly in election year 2006. This latest scandal, also breaking in an election year, has to do with the involvement of Justin Trudeau and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the SNC-Lavalin case.
SNC-Lavalin operates in a variety of sectors globally, including mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, and the fraud and corruption charges against it include nearly $48 million in payments made to Libyan government officials between 2001 and 2011.
Key aides to a prime minister generally prefer to stay in the shadows, perhaps providing background information to Parliament Hill journalists, but rarely giving interviews or generating much of a public persona.
In some ways, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former principal secretary Gerald Butts carried on that tradition, rarely quoted, speaking to journalists only on background.
But he was particularly outspoken on the social media site Twitter.
First she was not directed. Then she was not pressured. Now, courtesy of the clerk of the privy council, we learn she was not “inappropriately” pressured. The progression is familiar: when you cannot deny a thing is true, deny that it matters.
As we have been discovering in recent days, in fact all sorts of pressure was applied to the former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould — by the prime minister, by his officials, by the clerk — to politicize the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. They just didn’t call it that, at least until now.
The SNC-Lavalin scandal presents us with the cold truth that Canada is The Great White Banana Republic.
A land where the governing party has been caught conspiring to create a law essentially absolving SNC-Lavalin of wrongdoing and then attempting to influence the Attorney General to ensure the application of that “Get out of jail free” card. A land where the governing party “investigates” itself to prove its commitment to transparency.
The LPC have the gall to wrap themselves in the flag assuring us they act for the “Greater Good” by protecting well paying jobs in Quebec while simultaneously destroying the livelihood of Oil Patch families with their ruinous Green-Scam agenda. Were there an annual award presented for the Top Banana -Banana Republic then the purchase of a pipeline company to ensure a pipeline is never built would make the LPC the handsdown winner.
It was never about jobs or the greater good. It was about keeping the machine of Liberal Party corruption well greased with cash. To the LPC’s great misfortune the public gained a glimpse into the seedy world of government by the Liberal Party for the Liberal Party. And once seen never unseen.
But there is no means to compel an honest investigation. Instead we are treated to a bizarre show-trial where a partisan hack not only scolds the great unwashed for their unseemly tone but outright tars the damnable rabble as probable assassins in waiting. We should be used to this by now, after all we have been labeled Nazis, Islamophobes, fringe dwellers and bigots for having the temerity to dissent. The Liberals call this “inclusion,” I believe.
Our thick Prime Minister seems upset that his usual routine has been interrupted by this messy business. He’s absolutely mortified that we might think he and his government underhanded. He said so. He much prefers swanning about the world “creating relationships” that always seem to involve giving away vast amounts of our money. It’s so much more fun than governing. In my neighborhood we used to call such desperate-to-be-liked characters suckers. I bet the rest of the world does too.
Canada is back all right. Back to the future of Liberal Party cynicism & corruption.
The evolving SNC-Lavalin scandal and what appears to be an ensuing cover-up have rocked political Ottawa and dominated the news cycle for two solid weeks.
The mainstream media has done a decent job of highlighting the mere facts of this scandal — from what seems to be Trudeau’s gag order against former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, to a new law stuffed into an omnibus bill that allows for a sweetheart deal for corporations like SNC-Lavalin, to Liberal MPs on the Justice Committee blocking a proper investigation, to Trudeau’s top aide Gerald Butts’s mysterious resignation.
“I think she can tell the world. I hope she does. First of all, she’s not giving advice to government … It’s not covered by the cabinet oath. So why would it be privileged? … you have to prove a privilege. Privilege is a very narrow thing … I see no privilege in (alleged) discussions involving political aides of the government trying to persuade, or tell the attorney, that she should do certain things on a criminal prosecution.”
Representatives for SNC-Lavalin hustled to connect with federal prosecutors after the Liberal government quietly introduced a proposal last year to allow corporations to strike settlement deals and avoid criminal prosecution, court documents show.
The company’s lawyers acted so quickly to position their client for a so-called remediation agreement that they contacted prosecutors weeks before lawmakers, even Liberals, were even aware the Trudeau government had tucked the legislation into its 582-page omnibus budget bill.
Gee, them lawyers must be psychic!
Canada’s top civil servant has refuted a bombshell media report that alleged political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, claiming it included “errors” and “unfounded speculation” and was “defamatory.”
Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, testifying at the justice committee today, was referring to a Feb. 7 Globe and Mail report that touched off a political scandal and triggered the resignation of cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerry Butts.
“I’m here to say to you that the Globe and Mail article contains errors, unfounded speculation and, in some cases, is simply defamatory,” he said.
Anti-Ottawa sentiment in Alberta has reached new heights with the installation of two billboard advertisements in high-visibility locations.
The ads have recently been put on display in Calgary and Edmonton. They ask the question “Should Alberta ditch Canada?” and link to Alberta Fights Back, a website promoting a province-wide referendum on separation.
“We are sick and tired,” campaign director Peter Downing told CTV Calgary.