March 05, 2019

Manny Montenegrino: SNC-Lavalin scandal is a “constitutional crisis”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, one of our favorite guests, lawyer Manny Montegegrino, joined me to discuss yesterday's stunning announcement that Treasury Board President Jane Philpott had resigned from Trudeau's cabinet, "citing loss of 'confidence" over her government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

According to Manny, Justin Trudeau's politically motivated attempt to protect a corrupt Quebec company by manipulating the justice system amounts to a "constitutional crisis".

With the resignation of Philpott and Jody Wilson Raybould, Trudeau is scrambling to maintain control over his cabinet and the "feminist" image he's carefully manufactured.

WATCH my full interview with Manny to see why he thinks this crisis is big enough to cost Trudeau the upcoming federal election.

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commented 2019-03-06 11:32:58 -0500
William Kay , I think I’d trust Alberta Magna and Liza Rosie to not steal any of the cookies in the cookie jar if that was what they were asked to do.
I would never trust a person like you that justifies the unjustifiable.Nor would any large corporation who valued their ethics give you the responsibility for a large project.
commented 2019-03-06 09:29:17 -0500
Alberta Maga

Ignore the law? Read: Director of Pubic Prosecutions Act sections 10 to 15 and Criminal Code section 715.32. They are not written in Latin.

Ignore lawyers? There are lawyers on both sides of this. It is not a matter of ignoring lawyers; its about selecting the best arguments.

It is in the national interest because if SNC is banned from federal contracts for 10 years then they would be fools not to pull up stakes and leave Canada. They have 8,300 well-paid Canadian employees. Canadians shareholders and pensioners would loose billions. Indirect employment losses – tens of thousands.

“Kathleen Roussel originally decided against remediation” – She STILL opposes remediation. Do your homework before you get on the Rebel comment board, please. We are trying to maintain certain standards here.

Finally, Shawcross Principle – it is perfectly acceptable for cabinet ministers and prime ministers to bring facts and considerations to the attention of an Attorney General regarding ongoing high profile criminal case. In fact, they have an obligation to do so.

Jody should have assumed full control of the file. She should have listened to her colleagues advice and she should have endorsed a remediation agreement.
commented 2019-03-06 03:28:07 -0500
William Kay i suppose the Libs were concerned about jobs and the economy as well LMAO! You are too much.
commented 2019-03-06 03:24:45 -0500
I guess we should ignore lawyers and the actual law if William Kay says so.
commented 2019-03-06 03:22:47 -0500
William Kay how is this national importance? LMAO! And it was JWR’s decision , not yours or Justins.
commented 2019-03-06 03:21:39 -0500
William Kay how the hell would you know? Were you there and read her mind? Rousell originally decided against remediation as well , i bet she was pressured as well. And if you think they did not pressure her you are truly lost.
commented 2019-03-06 01:31:52 -0500
If you say so William Kay.

Even Cyprus knows Justin. I think one guy is in England.
Justin Trudeau exposed as neoliberal, corrupt corporatist in SNC Lavalin scandal
commented 2019-03-06 00:22:18 -0500

Jody did not assume control of the file. The file remained in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel. It was Kathleen’s minions who came up with the inscrutable decision not to resolve this matter through a remediation agreement; for reasons Jody never made public. Jody interpreted a mere request to explain the reasoning behind this demonstrably horrible decision as “political interference.” When much-needed efforts were made to give Princess Jody some help understanding the file and her proper role, she folded her arms and said “no, no, no”! She is a clueless incompetent “diversity hire” who never should have been given this job!
commented 2019-03-05 23:36:59 -0500
She did assume full control of the file. She stood her ground and told them to pound sand when they wanted to bring in an Attorney General who would cooperate. They fired her. She didn’t quit.
commented 2019-03-05 23:07:46 -0500
It’s time to tighten the laws so this sort of thing has no possibility of happening. People violating the law need to suffer real hardship, not slaps on the wrists. We’re all getting fed up with the two-rules notion government leaders have. Let the law apply to all!
commented 2019-03-05 22:10:00 -0500
Jody Wilson-Raybould, as Attorney General, had a legal obligation to assume full control of the SNC file. This is not called “interference” it’s called “intervention” and it’s enshrined in law and custom. That she did not do so reflects her incompetence and consuming obsession with aboriginal issues. Jody was the worst AG in Canadian history!

Cabinet ministers and Prime Ministers have every right to engage in frank discussions with AGs of matters of national importance. Jody was incapable of explaining her department’s bizarre refusal to grant SNC a remediation agreement because she kept the file at arm’s length and didn’t understand the law. She was derelict in her duties and should have been fired sooner. She only claimed “political interference” after her demotion – treachery.

Phillpot, the crackpot, is an aboriginal revanchist like her BF Jody. Phillpot’s resignation letter promised scaled-up efforts to combat the “existential crisis of climate change.”

There are more sinister forces at work in Canadian politics than Justin.
commented 2019-03-05 14:44:18 -0500
Turdhole will step aside? Nah…..hurtling towards an “admired dictatorship”!
commented 2019-03-05 14:08:06 -0500
Trudeau’s pathetic speech at the environment function where he briefly discussed Dr. Philpott’s resignation. He came to the stage like a raging maniac, grabbing everyone and doing a whole lot of mouth-breathing while he attempted to rein in his emotions. Then the hecklers came one after another, only to be drowned out by Trudeau acolytes who shouted them down screaming “Trudeau, Trudeau…” as they were removed from the venue. Of course, the MSM cut out all of the protest activity and tried desperately to present an image of a PM who had everything under control and one who rules without opposition. The country is truly outraged.
commented 2019-03-05 13:50:13 -0500
One really has to wonder what it is exactly Lametti is getting out of all this, to cause him to act out in such a cowardly, brown-nose, Justin butts-reaming, sycophantic, kowtowing and lie-spewing, loser way – and all in public!
He must have some serious self esteem issues…or a gun to his head.
commented 2019-03-05 12:48:58 -0500
Nice catch John Fullmer.
commented 2019-03-05 11:48:55 -0500
Let the dominoes continue to fall,this POS PM needs to learn a hard life lesson-corrupt spoon fed baby!!!
commented 2019-03-05 11:47:59 -0500
Scott Brison former Treasury Board President whom stepped down from cabinet to spend more time with his family ends up being given a cushy Job as vice-chair of investment and corporate banking with BMO capital markets whose Co Chairman at BMO is also the Chairman of SNC Lavalin. This should be investigated. Kevin Lynch has been Vice Chairman of BMO Financial Group since 2010 and also chairs the Board of SNC Lavalin. What was Brison role in getting the “deferred prosecution agreement.” that was hid in the budget. THE DPA allow prosecutors to suspend criminal charges against companies in certain cases of corporate wrongdoing. I would suggest this was the first step in trying to help SNC Lavalin. Much to their surprise the Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould wouldn’t use the tool they gave themselves in the previous budget. Scott Brison and Kevin Lynch Should be investigated as it looks like another form of a bribe from SNC Lavalin (using BMO) as new legislation was created to help solve SNC Lavalin problems.