February 11, 2019

SNC-Lavalin UPDATE: Unanswered questions about corrupt Quebec firm — and Trudeau's role in getting criminal charges dropped

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

It was a huge front page story in the Globe and Mail last week:

In short, SNC-Lavalin, a large engineering company based in downtown Montreal, paid at least $48 million in bribes to secure contracts in Libya a few years ago.

The RCMP then charged SNC-Lavalin with defrauding various Libyan organizations of $130 million, but the company doesn't want to pay the fine. And with the Trudeau Liberals in power, they didn't think they'd have to.

So where are we this week?

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the justice minister shuffled out of her position, is now hidden away in Veterans Affairs, a portfolio that is clearly a demotion. But at least she can’t prevent Trudeau and Butts from helping their friends anymore.

David Lametti is the new justice minister. And oddly enough, he’s literally from the constituency, Lasalle-Emard, where SNC-Lavalin is headquartered.

What are the odds!?

Well, Lametti went on CTV over the weekend. 

Lametti said he's is not investigating. He’s not apologizing. He couldn’t even be bothered to pick up the phone to talk to anyone involved. He watched the news, just like you and me. And as the Globe reports, he says an SNC-Lavalin settlement is "still possible."

So they’re just going to brazen it out.

Meanwhile, the opposition parties joined forces, and said they wanted a probe. You know, invite Jody Wilson-Raybould, and some of the people who were lobbied, to answer some questions? No powers to prosecute; just ask a few timid questions — well, Lametti shut that down in a hurry.

Or Trudeau or Gerald Butts did. No big difference. Did you think the chief legal officer of the land was going to enforce the law?

That’s the price you pay to be a cabinet minister in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. You have to do what the Montreal mafia says.

I think Trudeau will just wait it out.

Well, here’s a small suggestion:

Could we at least get, on the record, a comment from the dozens of other Liberals who were lobbied by the “enraged” head of SNC Lavalin over the past few months:

The Canadian ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton; Bill Morneau; Jim Carr, the international trade minister; Francois-Philippe Champagne, the Quebecker who is now the infrastructure minister — to name a few.

Oh, and this name, from 18 months ago:

SNC-Lavalin had a private lobbying meeting... David Lametti.

And how he’s saying he won’t investigate them. He’s saying he’ll take Trudeau’s word for it — everything’s fine. He won’t recuse himself. He won’t bring in outside counsel.

"The Libranos" are back, people.

I miss Stephen Harper...

NEXT: Quebec's new Minister for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest recently said that the Muslim hijab is a symbol of the oppression of women.

National Post columnist Barbara Kay joins me to talk about this.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-02-13 09:52:10 -0500
I think Ezra can stick to his guns, Charred Remains.
Which as a person evolves might be us to discover.
commented 2019-02-13 00:36:35 -0500
Being called a “political attack dog” is a high compliment from me.
If you were thrown out Charred Remains, why did you come back?
I often wonder these things but my dignity is not to be measured by anyone but God.
If I am tossed, I accept the choice of others. Except if it is the State.
No, I would never accept the choice of the State over my right to be as annoying and stupid as I can be as a person.
I’m not an infallible person. I have vices, I make mistakes and the consequences are forever some times. But I’m big enough to accept that because that means humility before God and others as an example or fair consequence.
I often hold back on what I truely think or wish to investigate.
I don’t want to cause a war in the free exchange of ideas.
Sometimes, I face censorship and I can’t fight that without a network.
Is that why you come back then & hide your name?
To fight back, because you don’t respect boundaries, because you don’t respect yourself or you just need a network?
Don’t let anybody play you like a pawn, but you’re not the King either.
Take some time to reflect, eh?
commented 2019-02-12 17:49:10 -0500
Charren Remains,
I am so bored w what you post, I just gently skim over it and I’m done.
I can’t read your posts anymore they’re so boring and I really think lowly of some commentators some time. If I get roasted, that’s fine too.
commented 2019-02-12 17:37:37 -0500
Who has the authority that gov’t and the media answer to?
A) The Media
B) The gov’t
Or C) Canadians? Or the consumer & tax payer?
Who is the final authority?
If Ezra & the Rebel is thriving, not for much longer not bc of Justin Trudeau’s crap or Singh’s.
Its because people, the majority will turn away because of Scheer’s following.
I don’t give a damn if Scheer and Levant go out for drinks together or spark some hidden deal.
Hold each other account and go hard on each other to keep your standards high.
If there is a problem & people are making it worse in the opinion of this company, don’t negect their roles in the avenues of explaination.
commented 2019-02-12 17:13:11 -0500
I’m not sure about your comprehension skills Karen. It is Scheer who won’t come on the Rebel. Ezra didn’t say anything that was untrue. It seems to me that Ezra is trying to stay away from picking a side.
commented 2019-02-12 16:58:44 -0500
Its my understanding The Rebel’s focus was to hold gov’t account as one of its main focuses.
Scheer & Mad Max are part of that gov’t.
Kenney and Notely are part of that gov’t. Any Premier or municipality is part of the gov’t.
Have you opinions people but have a duty to maintain them with critical thoughts and facts.
Ezra could do an entire show on the roast of the CPC. Ezra can have prorities, sure!
But the CPC performace in gov’t is kind of a major priority right now as scandal flies & values die to my belief.
With any corruption, I want to hear from ANY conservative or hear a critique of their choices and thoughts.
If you have a goal, don’t neglect any avenue to get there.
commented 2019-02-12 16:46:13 -0500
It is Ezra’s media company. He can show a bias but a what cost to his success and the success of a nation? If Scheer did something good, he can say so, yes?
He’ll congratulate other MSM for calling out Trudeau. Max has a very small platform and the CPC has done lots of work to fix immigration.
Where is the compare & contrast w evidence?
Where’s the case to let people decide like he says so?
I genuinely think not giving Scheer a critical lense through evidence helps neither Bernier or Scheer and ONLY aids the Trudeau gov’t.
Ezra Levant is a political attack dog so to speak.
He wants Trudeau out?
Better start hedging your bets instead of putting all your eggs in one basket.
I’m not a member of the CPC or the PPC. I like and dislike both but I will vote for the CPC in this election not based on safety, not to support the upper crust but rather on the merit of the party versus the PPC at this point in time.
commented 2019-02-12 15:17:54 -0500
I don’t know how it works Charred Remains, just that she doesn’t have to say sht.
With regard to Ezra’s political stance or no stance, I have no problem. There are lots of things I don’t agree with him on, and many I do. He is allowed to have any opinion he wants. He isn’t under any obligation to anyone to lean either this way or that.
commented 2019-02-12 15:14:23 -0500
David Lametti barely sounds like he knows the law let alone be material for the new justice minister. Hand picked by Butts no doubt, to be a good little puppet. Canadians are not so stupid that we will swallow this codswallop. We know they are lying…about everything.
commented 2019-02-12 14:54:05 -0500
RON SHEA commented 3 hours ago
The ultimate test of any civilization is what it does for its future generations; its children…
Ron Shea, some good observations.
commented 2019-02-12 14:45:52 -0500
Charred Remains: Read her resignation,There are some interesting statements in it…..
commented 2019-02-12 14:44:30 -0500
Maxime Bernier and the PPC 2019 . The only choice for FREEDOM !
commented 2019-02-12 14:33:21 -0500
I think its a damn shame that Scheer won’t come on the Rebel and won’t allow any of his MPs to come on either. Now, if Ezra interviews Max or says anything at all about the PPC, it will be taken as support for one over the other. Ezra has actually been pretty clear that he thinks the PPC will split the vote on the right. I, and many others do not agree, that’s fine. I have no problem with that.

Its just too bad we can’t have the political coverage we deserve because of politicians who think they have to control the narrative to the point of running away from legit questions, either by refusing to come on or by continual twitter bannings of their constituents. How is a party like that in touch with its base. Glad Bernier was on in the beginning, but in my opinion its high time he was on again. Let the people decide. Maybe Scheer would get smart and come on also, if Bernier were getting exposure here.
Justin needs to wave client lawyer privilege and allow Jody W.R. to give testimony. In such circumstances I don’t see how that privilege can be allowed to protect a corrupt government from the right of the people they serve, to know the truth. If he had nothing to hide he would. To Scheer’s credit, that is what he is asking for, not that Butts will let Justin do it.
commented 2019-02-12 12:09:22 -0500
Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned.Resignation letter is available to see……
commented 2019-02-12 11:58:14 -0500
Karen, your liberal colors are showing again. Do you know Terry? Nevermind lol.
commented 2019-02-12 11:49:06 -0500
The Rebel leadership is not strong enough to admit they fudged in their editorial review of content and in their image and now are trying to stear the vote in revenge in my opinion.
Why does that sound just as corrupt as MSM?
The Rebel can recover, msm is turning on Trudeau and I want the Rebel to thrive with conservative content.
By supporting Bernier, they’re cutting off their nose to spite the face.
Get back in there, Rebel.
Lead the charge against Trudeau. Back mainstream conservative values and crush it.
Come on now, make a scene like Trump would.
I believe & hope in The Rebel despite its failings and always have.
When have abandoned ship?
commented 2019-02-12 11:33:45 -0500
Scheer is not weak under fire.
He’s actually givibg the flame like a Gentlemen.
He’s really doing well and its Justin Trudeau that’s shaking in his responses.
Scheer will address what the voters want a lot more when he is in power.
Right now he has priorities to hammer Trudeau where he is weakest all while sticking w facts and not speculation.
Scheer is doing an awesome job.
commented 2019-02-12 11:23:25 -0500
The ultimate test of any civilization is what it does for its future generations; its children.

As a Christian I believe in life and that every life has a purpose. I believe all souls were created by God, that all souls were with God, that all souls come from God and when our flesh bodies die, that all souls return to God.

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold all souls are mine…

Maybe if Canadians back in 1969 had of been given a chance to discuss and debate the issue we would not be speaking about it today. They were not given that option. Pierre Trudeau brought it in without a vote because he knew if he brought it to referendum it would have been defeated by the 95% + of Canadians at that time who were pro-life and Christian. So he did what any totalitarian would do. Abortion was brought into Canada politically. It can be removed politically.

The questions in life that aren’t answered properly do not go away. What has resulted is hundreds of thousands to over a million abortions since that time and the health, mental and social fallout of Canadian women, families and our culture from those ramifications. And then the politicians tell us that there is a Canadian population problem and we have to import the Third World to fill the population gap left by abortion.They bring in migrants and refugees by the tens of thousands and everyone complains, not thinking it could have been avoided entirely had we taken responsibility for our own sexual behavior and not murdered our own.

I like the fact that LLTT speaks her mind about abortion and is not silenced. If Max silenced her he would be just as guilty as Harper and the rest of the PM’s since Trudeau Sr. who somehow have convinced themselves and many others who no longer critically think, that abortion no longer be discussed and that a woman’s right to choose always trumps the unborn life within them.
commented 2019-02-12 11:15:17 -0500
CTV’s Don Martin just said that he doesn’t think the inquiry will happen as the Liberals will vote it down with their majority.
If that is the case, why don’t Majority Gov’ts break the law all the time?
commented 2019-02-12 11:03:49 -0500
Scheer is doing ok every chance the MSM gives him. The NDP’s Nathum Cullen is articulate and display’s lots of fire power.

Between the two, they may get what they want. We must remember the Libs have a majority, so the Opposition can only go so far.
That new Attorney General is there for one reason; to stop all investigations.
commented 2019-02-12 10:22:27 -0500
Liza Rosie , We are supposed to have an opposition party to provide oversight and be a watchdog.
Your guess is as good as mine as to what Mister Scheer is doing to expose the obvious corruption that leads up to Trudeau himself.
Lousy in opposition indicates that the CCP will be useless even if they manage to form a government.
commented 2019-02-12 03:31:14 -0500
What about this Lavalin scandal? How are we going to keep this from being swept aside like every other scandal Justin gets away with? The questions and demands for the truth must be relentless. He cannot get away with this. Just think of the players involved and what it would mean to expose them. The investigation can’t be shuffled off into the distant future. Canadians deserve some answers now.
commented 2019-02-12 03:23:08 -0500
There is zero chance of early term abortion ever being made illegal. It would never even happen even in the most evangelical part of the U.S. let alone Canada. It just isn’t an argument and only silly women ever use it. Late term abortion and live birth abortion(think of what that means) is something altogether different, and every woman knows it whether they will say it out loud or not.
I don’t want to make this about abortion.
Laura Lynne is a Christian, but does not bash anyone over the head with it, no matter how the media try to say otherwise. It will be interesting to see how she manages in this by election considering the demographics. The crowd at the debate certainly seemed responsive to her views on free speech, government interference, UN dictates and internet thought police. She seemed very popular.
commented 2019-02-12 02:48:25 -0500
Her point was some women would never need an abortion, however it was nice to have protection in an emergency.
commented 2019-02-12 02:37:47 -0500
Liza, I know little about the subject; I think that after 2 or 3 months it shouldn’t be allowed under normal circumstances.
Six years ago I took out this 40 year old woman, and she said something that made me say, your pro-abortion? She said " just for me." Then she explained that she was a mother most of her adult life, and now that her kids are gone, if an accident happened, she wouldn’t want to be a mother for another 20 years. She then said if a strong Religious person was PM and made abortion illegal she would have no choice.
I sure couldn’t argue with anything she said.
commented 2019-02-12 02:35:19 -0500
Funny ways my friends, funny ways.
commented 2019-02-12 02:04:06 -0500
You would think that would be one for the bloody feminists.