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 2019-02-15 00:09:39 -0500
If you could only make sense now and then
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 01:30:29 -0500
Come on be realistic… Ezra can only play the other side of the story what the shame stream media refuses to show.. he is a conservative but what upsets him his regular media makes a point of only painting a lovely picture when they want to.. and their canvas is very selective.
commented 2019-02-13 01:25:59 -0500
Maybe it was just a computer glitch .
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 17:53:27 -0500
Then it sucks to be you Karen.!!
commented 2019-02-12 17:52:44 -0500
Hmmm that’all sounds kinda “street dumb” to me.. lol.. perhaps you should consider answering your own A B or C questions rather than setting up for failure whoever responds to that question.?? Dealing with the rest of your post it’s rather nonsensical and not much substance to it… You know like the foam on beer.!
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 17:10:46 -0500
For those that don’t want to read the whole thing that was Karen that called Ezra a political attack dog.
commented 2019-02-12 17:08:23 -0500
“Ezra Levant is a political attack dog so to speak.
He wants Trudeau out? ”
Ezra is not a political attack dog and I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything where you could quote him saying trudeau had to go, the operative word being “had“ or must or something similar to that.! Ezra just reports the other side of the story that the “shame stream media” conveniently leaves out for people to lazy/stupid or too busy to read. Once upon a time it was the job of the media to tell both sides of the story equally and the reader could extrapolate his own point of view from what he or she read, now we rely on and should be grateful to conservative media outlets like the rebel who are willing to forgo the great benefits financially that would have been heaped upon them for crawling in bed with Justin and his trained seals.!! Sometimes we disagree Ezra and you have even thrown me out of here but you do have my respect and so do your colleagues who worked tirelessly to bring us the other side… It probably wouldn’t be a bad time to have coffee with faith Goldie and Lauren southern Time heals all things and they’re both good girls and hard-working..
The above is just a thought… but as well thanks for putting up with all the bullshit.
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 16:39:47 -0500
And she signed a legal document not with her name that she was swore into offic/parliament with but with some knock off tribal name that was given to her by some nobody.. ENOUGH.!!!! All are accountable and settle for nothing less .!
commented 2019-02-12 16:17:21 -0500
This thread would not let me post her resignation letter.
commented 2019-02-12 16:16:51 -0500
Here is her letter of resignation… The part that I find interesting is where she states what she’s legally able to discuss… it is legal to discuss everything to find out what happened.. so much for a transparent government.!! Once again she is asking permission to run above the law. Once again she has no and I repeat no client lawyer relationship with lavalin to hide behind as she works for Canada and not them.!! It was her job to find any inconsistencies and deliver them to the Canadian public without prejudice and charge guilty parties accordingly.!!
commented 2019-02-12 16:15:37 -0500
commented 2019-02-12 15:48:03 -0500
But people should be voting for the party that best represents them and not worrying about splitting votes
commented 2019-02-12 15:46:53 -0500
On the point of Ezra I totally agree with you… It’s his paper and his media and he can run it anyway that he likes… I was just saying it may be in his best interest to do other things .
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 15:08:17 -0500
Liza.. Ezra should be supporting Max and not saying he is splitting the vote.. people should be voting for the party that represents their interests the best as opposed to bitching and squawking about who is splitting the vote then there would be no vote splitting and people would only be voting for the party that best represented their interests .
commented 2019-02-12 15:04:39 -0500
“Justin needs to wave client lawyer privilege and allow Jody W.R. to give testimony”
Are you all kidding me.!! You must be kidding me…!! There is no client lawyer privilege here because Jody worked for the government and the Lavalin is a private contractor.. in other words she was investigating Lavalin for corruption and couldn’t be on their payroll while being paid by the Canadian government. without creating a conflict of interest, another crisis and a bigger scandal than this one.!! To make it even simpler, that privilege of client lawyer relationship only exists if you are working for the client… Jody was supposed to be working on behalf of Canada.!! The entire liberal cabinet for treason.!! Go Max..
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 !