The SNC-Lavalin Scandal – Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party Have Lost the Moral Authority to Govern

March 01, 2019

We need a full RCMP Investigation. The PM of Canada should know that you shouldn’t have to bend or break the law to save jobs in this country. Quebeckers don’t want to be Justin Trudeau’s excuse for corruption.

Canadians were shocked by the testimony of former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould detailing the willful political interference by 11 senior government officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to get her to stop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Please see the Key Testimony Quotes Below.

The RCMP must immediately open an investigation into the numerous examples of potentially criminal activity Ms. Wilson-Raybould detailed.

Based on Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Sections 139(2) and 423(1) of the Criminal Code need to be considered in relation to the SNC-Lavalin Affair.

The Ethics Commissioner investigation is totally insufficient. The Conflict of Interest Act states explicitly that criminal matters are outside what the Ethics Commissioner can investigate.

The House of Commons Justice Committee hearings are also totally insufficient. This is a committee chaired by a Liberal MP with a majority of its members Liberal MPs. Canadians saw how the Liberal MPs on this committee turned on Jody Wilson-Raybould after she detailed the inappropriate pressure applied on her by Justin Trudeau and his staff.

There are more than enough grounds for the RCMP to investigate this matter.

This was clearly an unwanted, sustained, and co-ordinated campaign to bully her into bending or breaking the law to benefit a well-connected corporation.

The details are as shocking as they are corrupt:

  • Multiple veiled threats to her job if she didn’t bow to their demands.
  • Urgings to consider the consequences on election results and shareholder value above judicial due process.
  • And reminders from Justin Trudeau to his Attorney General about his own electoral prospects should she allow SNC-Lavalin’s trial to proceed.

As her testimony made clear, Justin Trudeau doesn’t know where the Liberal Party ends and where the Government of Canada begins.

Justin Trudeau is hoping this scandal and his role in it will blow over which highlights how out of touch he is with Canadians.

His more recent attempts to try to say his inappropriate actions were motivated by a desire to protect jobs as opposed to crass crony politics are beneath the dignity of the Prime Minster of our country – whose solemn duty it to uphold the rule of law.

Of all people, the PM of Canada should know that you shouldn’t have to bend or break the law to save jobs in this country Quebeckers don’t want to be Justin Trudeau’s excuse for corruption.

KEY TESTIMONY QUOTES:

I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

While the meeting was not about the issue of SNC and DPAs the PM raised the issue immediately.

The PM jumped in, stressing there is an election in Quebec and that “I am an MP in Quebec – the Member for Papineau”

I spoke to Minister Morneau on this matter…I told him that engagements from his office to mine on SNC had to stop – that they were inappropriate. They did not stop.

PMO Advisor Mathieu Bouchard said “we can have the best policy in the world but we need to be re-elected.”

Various officials also urged me to take partisan political considerations into account – which is clearly improper for me to do.

Gerry (Butts) said “there is no solution here that doesn’t involve some interference.”

Katie (Telford) was like “we don’t want to debate legalities anymore.”

(PCO Clerk Michael Wernick said of Justin Trudeau) I think he is gonna find a way to get it done one way or another.

On January 7, I received a call from the PM and was informed I was being shuffled, I will say that I stated I believed the reason was because of the SNC matter.

As part of this conversation, the Clerk tells the Deputy that one of the first conversations that the new Minister will be expected to have with the PM will be on SNC Lavalin.

These events constituted pressure to intervene in a matter and that this pressure was not appropriate.