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...
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