Category Archives: Canada’s incompetent Liberal Government

Liberals will get to the bottom of the SNC-Lavalin affair — once the Liberals get out of the way: Robyn Urback

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.


Scandal Involving P.M. Trudeau Linked to Libya – The cesspool of romancing Jihad.

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.


Andrew Coyne: We now know Wilson-Raybould was pressured. They just didn’t call it that

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.


MALCOLM: Bias against the West and the oil sands continues

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.


Student groups call for Ottawa to investigate alleged interference by Chinese officials on Canadian campuses

Any “malicious interference” in Canadian affairs by foreign representatives here would be inappropriate, a federal official warned Wednesday in the wake of incidents that saw students from China angrily attack Tibetan and Uyghur activists at two Ontario universities.

But the spokeswoman for Kirsty Duncan, minister responsible for universities, sidestepped a call for Ottawa to investigate whether Chinese diplomats are using such students to meddle in Canadian post-secondary institutions.


First post-SNC-Lavalin polls look bad for Jussie Trudeau as story continues to fall apart

The fallout from the SNC-Lavalin affair is only beginning to rain down on Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government but it seems to be having an impact — one that could put the Liberals on track to defeat in this fall’s federal election.

The controversy surrounding allegations about political interference in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a major Quebec-based engineering firm, and the subsequent demotion and resignation from cabinet of former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould (followed by the resignation of the prime minister’s principal secretary, Gerry Butts), is evolving on a daily basis.


Thirteen years later, pizza-shop owner deported after fabricating allegations against Liberal MP is back in Canada

For 13 years Harjit Singh had tried to avoid deportation, but it was his final, desperate bid to stay in Canada that made him the leading man in a bizarre political drama.

Levelling allegations he later admitted were fabricated, Singh brought down a federal cabinet minister — Judy Sgro — and caused weeks of heartburn for Paul Martin’s Liberal government of the early 2000s. It was to no avail.


Shocka! Trudeau says no public inquiry into SNC-Lavalin affair needed right now

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested today a public inquiry isn’t necessary to get to the bottom of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Heading into a Liberal national caucus meeting, Trudeau did not rule out an inquiry but said the Commons justice committee is “seized” with the issue and noted the ethics commissioner also has launched an investigation.


Wilson-Raybould to speak after making nice with Trudeau

Jody Wilson-Raybould will soon speak, but whether she says anything remains to be seen.

The former attorney general has been called to appear before the Commons justice committee after a bizarre turn of events on Tuesday.

The Globe is reporting Trudeau spoke to Wilson-Raybould after prosecutors refused SNC-Lavalin deal

Until now, publicly available information had indicated that the Prime Minister spoke to Ms. Wilson-Raybould before prosecutors made their decision, announced by SNC on Oct. 10

Now what did he say exactly and will it matter?


FATAH: It’s not just Butts — Trudeau should consider stepping down

Running away from a scandal in the dark shadows of a long winter weekend was once a textbook tactic to duck scrutiny by the media.

That worked in the days before social media, but when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigned on the Family Day holiday on Monday, the shock waves were instant, bypassing both broadcast and print media.


Rex Murphy: Is there another storm coming, that Gerald Butts was trying to deter?

Well, this is novel.

We’re accustomed to the spectacle of others forced to taste the underside of the tires of the most-exercised vehicle in Ottawa. But how often do we get to watch the bus driver exit the vehicle to toss himself under its wheels?

It was during the soft hours of a Family Day afternoon that the principal secretary of the prime minister of Canada publicly committed political seppuku.


Kelly McParland: If no one did anything wrong, why two resignations and a PMO in crisis mode?

When Gerald Butts resigned as Justin Trudeau’s closest and most important adviser Monday, quitting the job that made him the most powerful man in Ottawa other than the prime minister, he offered an official (and somewhat lengthy) explanation.

“The Prime Minister of Canada’s Office is much larger and more important than any of its staff,” he said. It was “in the best interests of the office and its important work for me to step away.”


Trudeau needs to stop making it worse before he can make it better

I’ve never been married, but I understand there are some marital arguments that get to a point where anything you say, no matter how factually correct or well-intentioned, seems to make it worse. Justin Trudeau and his advisers are in that special circle of hell right now with the SNC-Lavalin affair. You might even say that everything they have done since the beginning has made it worse.

It’s an affair that began almost two weeks ago with the Globe and Mail’s anonymous allegation that PMO aides pressured then attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould to direct prosecutors to settle SNC-Lavalin’s fraud and bribery charges with a deferred prosecution agreement.