February 07, 2019

SCANDAL: Trudeau’s office pressures justice minister to halt prosecution of corrupt Quebec company — She refused, and was fired

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


Canada’s media has a bias towards the Liberal Party, and to Justin Trudeau personally, made far worse by Trudeau's $595 million bail-out of journalists.

So when there is a rare exception to this pattern it, behooves me to recognize it.

Today, the Globe and Mail published this front page story:

PMO pressed Wilson-Raybould to abandon prosecution of SNC-Lavalin

"PMO" of course stands for prime minister’s office. Wilson-Raybould is Jody Wilson-Raybould, the first Aboriginal person, the first Aboriginal woman in fact, to be the justice minister. A star candidate for Justin Trudeau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office attempted to press Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister to intervene in the corruption and fraud prosecution of Montreal engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., sources say, but she refused to ask federal prosecutors to make a deal with the company that could prevent a costly trial.

That’s not how courts are supposed to work in Canada. We have the rule of law — which means if you commit a crime, whether you are a prince or a pauper, you’re treated the same way.

It's up to prosecutors to press a case if it’s in the public interest — not the private interest of Liberal fundraisers.

And that the prime minister’s office itself would be involved is the gravest allegation possible.

SNC-Lavalin has sought to avoid a criminal trial on fraud and corruption charges stemming from an RCMP investigation into its business dealings in Libya. Prosecutors alleged in February, 2015, that SNC paid millions of dollars in bribes to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to secure government contracts. The engineering company says executives who were responsible for the wrongdoing have left the company, and it has reformed ethics and compliance rules.

At this point, I have so many questions. But a huge one is:

What other cases have they meddled with, that we don’t know about?

After the charges, SNC-Lavalin lobbied officials in Ottawa, including senior members in the office of Mr. Trudeau, to secure a deal known as a “deferred prosecution agreement” or “remediation agreement” that would set aside the prosecution.

It’s been a while since I practiced law, but as far as I can remember, if you have an excuse, or an alibi, or some mitigating circumstance, you tell it to the judge. In open court. Under oath, on the stand. A judge can take it into consideration, if that’s what the law allows.

Since when do accused criminals hire lobbyists to talk to politicians instead?

As I'll show you TONIGHT, the website of Canada’s lobbyist commissioner shows the official contacts between the president of SNC-Lavalin, Neil Bruce, and senior Liberal officials, like Bill Morneau’s chief of staff, Ben Chin; Trudeau's ambassador to the U.S., David McNaughton; the head of Atomic Energy of Canada, to name a few.

There are dozens of these meetings. It's like it’s all Neil Bruce did.

The subject matter they discussed, again and again, is categorized as "Justice and Law Enforcement."

And not just meetings with senior staff, but with Bill Morneau, directly. (The same Bill Morneau who — whoopsies! —  hid his ownership of a luxury villa in France from his list of disclosed assets to the ethics commissioner. )

The Globe story continues:

But in October, 2018, SNC-Lavalin hit a major obstacle. The federal director of public prosecutions refused to negotiate a remediation agreement that would have resolved the Libyan fraud and corruption charges without prosecution. SNC-Lavalin has asked for a judicial review of the decision (...)

So, up until this point, we have the system working well enough — although it shows a gross lack of judgment on the part of these public office holders to even meet with this company accused of breaking the law, begging for a special favour.

But then this:

Sources say Ms. Wilson-Raybould, who was justice minister and attorney-general until she was shuffled to Veterans Affairs early this year, came under heavy pressure to persuade the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to change its mind. Ms. Wilson-Raybould was unwilling to instruct the director of the public prosecution service, Kathleen Roussel, to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin, according to sources who were granted anonymity to speak directly about what went on behind-the-scenes in the matter.

Who pressured her? Did Justin Trudeau tell her that if she didn’t let his Quebec friends off the hook, that he’d fire her?

Because she didn’t let his Quebec friends off the hook.

And he did fire her.

Yikes! Who does this uppity woman think she is? Doesn’t she know that everything she has, everything she is, comes by the grace of Justin Trudeau, the precious one?

By the way: The whole system was rigged in favour of SNC-Lavalin.

The Trudeau government in 2018 amended the Criminal Code to allow deferred-prosecution agreements that let prosecutors suspend criminal charges against Canadian companies found to have committed wrongdoing. The measure was inserted in the 2018 budget after a brief consultation in 2017.

Liberal insiders said Ms. Wilson-Raybound knew this legislative change was meant to help SNC-Lavalin out of the legal troubles that were weighing on the price of its shares. (...)

So the law was literally re-written to benefit a friend of Trudeau. I guess Wilson-Raybould went along with that. But she just wouldn’t personally intervene to get someone off the hook.

Good for her. An honest Liberal. It’s as rare as a unicorn.

There's a lot more, but I want to note that the amount SNC-Lavalin paid in bribes wasn’t just a hundred grand (which is what Trudeau’s illegal vacation on Billionaire’s Island cost.) They paid $48 million in bribes.

For some reason, despite SNC-Lavalin really looking like a criminal organization, cabinet just won’t stop giving them contracts. I wonder why.

This isn’t new. Here's a story from a few years back.

Canada now dominates World Bank corruption list, thanks to SNC-Lavalin

No, what’s new is that the Justice Minister seems to have been fired over it.

We know Justin Trudeau is corrupt. He’s the first sitting prime minister to be convicted under the Conflict of Interest Act. We know that his staff like to gorge at the public trough.

But what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light.

Wouldn’t it be something if Jody Wilson-Raybould's quiet act of courage led to the downfall of the most corrupt Quebec prime minister since, well, since the last Quebec prime minister...?

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commented 2019-02-10 17:10:06 -0500
She should take the witness protection program and run current evidence against the Liberal party… That’s the most Canadian thing she would ever do.!!!
commented 2019-02-09 20:42:12 -0500
rob.. you demoted me.. in your last delusional episode I was Gerald Butts or Jimmy somebody even Justin Trudeau… LMAO you should have your fluid levels checked and even possibly a complete tuneup.!! Lol..
commented 2019-02-09 18:45:24 -0500
Think twice about Charred Remains comments…it could be a troll… imo it is..
commented 2019-02-09 16:19:54 -0500
“Drums and feathers”.. this is the kind of government we get when we break away from our Christian roots and just let anybody in because it’s 2015.!!
commented 2019-02-09 12:49:02 -0500
I think that the former Justice Minister is going to get the full-court-blame treatment. Little Potato will read a script that says he just couldn’t stand by while she perverted the process of justice and with more than a few tears, decided not to fire her but just demote her to a post where she can’t do any harm nor find a cookie jar she could put her hand in. Deflect, re-direct, obfuscate. Then, sometime in the future, once the Little Pr*ck is re-elected, there will be a “Healing Ceremony” with drums and feathers and a lot of weeping by all concerned, lots of eye-staring and hugs and other claptrap and she’ll end up being appointed the new Canadian Ambassador to…Namibia.
commented 2019-02-09 09:56:26 -0500
It also makes me wonder about the timing of the Libranos buying MSM silence. Might they have known that “the hammer was going to fall” ( to borrow an oft used phrase) so they paid off the media? Who knows what goes on behind the scenes?

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can understand it?”
commented 2019-02-08 22:27:30 -0500
Hmmmm…. could this have been said?

Scandal’s?? What stinking scandal’s… I don’t have scandal’s!! Scandal’s don’t stick to me!!! ha..hhaa…haaa. foolish little peasants..

We don’t need no stinkin scandal’s.. your demoted!.. Now begone with you… so it be said.. but DON"T let it be written…
commented 2019-02-08 18:52:48 -0500
William Kay,
Is vengeful & ambitious so bad to take out the bad guys?
Its just what the Liberals deserve. A traitor in their mist taking out the corruption from within to save the future.
The only one really vengeful and ambitious is Trudeau trying to keep the corruption going. Vengeful because he fired her, ambitious to grow his global corruption.
Wheuuw NELLIE! Impressive corruption even for a Castro or a Liberal.
commented 2019-02-08 18:47:04 -0500
Al Peterson, great post on C.S. Lewis and the specter of moral relativism that has infected Canada. Love your posts.

I have no sympathy for Jody Wilson-Raybould for supposedly standing up to Trudeau.
This is the woman who was was accused of bias interference after the Gerald Stanley acquittal. She is the one who introduced the horrid Bill C-16, and is attempting to radicalize our justice system with Bill C-75. Let the left eat their own. Trudeau and his entire Cabinet deserve to be removed from power and charged with treason and corruption.

Maybe Andrew Scheer can come on ‘The Rebel’ and tell Ezra what he is doing differently in politics that deserves Canadian voter loyalty other then hate for Trudeau, and what he will do different in Ottawa to end corruption. LOL.
commented 2019-02-08 18:33:00 -0500
Al Peterson
It could only have come from JWR. These were a series of verbal communications from the PMO directly to JWR. Who else would have heard them all? The fact that she is not leaping forth to deny them means she believes them to be true. She is a vengeful, ambitious person trying to take-down her own government.
Her claim of solicitor client privilege is rich given that she is the obvious source of the leak. She should have contacted the RCMP and the Ethics Commissioner the moment the PMO began pressuring her.
commented 2019-02-08 16:26:41 -0500
Who was the source for this story? Maybe it was Wilson-Raybould herself. Some pretty detailed information being given.
commented 2019-02-08 15:27:12 -0500
- Jody Wilson-Raybould’s problem is that she bought the Liberal hype. She went in to do her job & didn’t realize that her fellow liberals saw her as a prop. Woman, native, meets the quota – the only important thing to them. Then she did her job too well, so she’s out. “Progressives” don’t care about people. They use people to get what they really want, power. Get power at any cost & hold power at any cost.

- Talk to me about the wall again on Feb. 15th. He’s earned the benefit of the doubt as far as I’m concerned. If he had put his foot down before the midterms it would have been him vs the Democrats & the GOP. If he doesn’t make some kind of move on the wall by the 15th I’ll be concerned.
commented 2019-02-08 15:21:18 -0500
Karen said, “If there was human trafficing (and there was) on American soil, the Americans are responsible to stop it.”

Human trafficking is when someone takes money or favors to move someone into another country, what the people did at our southern border is cross on their own. No human trafficking involved.

It is Canada’s responsibility to stop people from entering Canada illegally, not Trump.
commented 2019-02-08 14:48:16 -0500
The corrupt bastard soy boy Mohammad Trudeau should be jailed for life
commented 2019-02-08 14:38:31 -0500
Sadly, there is only a very slim likelihood that anyone will be charged. The Crown would have to prove that the “pressuring” went waaaayyyyyy beyond suggesting. And that would have to come from Ms. Because-it’s-2015 herself.

It is unlikely that turdo, in all his vacuity, or anyone in his ethics-challenged inner circle, would be stupid enough to have committed their desire to give SNC a break to traceable format.
commented 2019-02-08 13:22:41 -0500
Ezra called Wilson Raybould “uppity”?
Here’s a shakespear quote when this makes it to the Public Prosecution Office anout how the ace will fall.
“Sweet Phoebe, do not scorn me. Do not, Phoebe.
Say that you love me not, but say not so
In bitterness. The common executioner,
Whose heart the accustomed sight of death makes
hard,
Falls not the axe upon the humbled neck
But first begs pardon. Will you sterner be
Than he that dies and lives by bloody drops? (3.5.1-8)”.
commented 2019-02-08 12:58:37 -0500
William.. very interesting read about cannibalism.!! Maybe that’s why they’re putting up such a fuss on the island because they don’t want their potlach houses found and exposed.!!
commented 2019-02-08 12:52:24 -0500
Let’s clean up Ottawa!
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Maxime Bernier
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Keith,

We knew big businesses like Bombardier et GM can get billions of dollars in subsidies from politicians in Ottawa thanks to their connections.

Now, with the scandal involving SCN-Lavalin revealed yesterday, we also know they can get laws changed and can pressure a justice minister to stop prosecution for fraud.

These revelations are evidence of corruption at the highest levels of government.

Keith, it’s time to put an end to the crony capitalism that both Liberals and Conservatives have been practicing for decades.

Let’s abolish corporate welfare.

Let’s remove barriers to competition.

Let’s stop picking winners and losers.

Let’s end the lobbyists’ influence.

Let’s get rid of the corruption…………

Somebody who thinks like Ezra.
commented 2019-02-08 12:22:13 -0500
“An honest Liberal”, Ezra?
I don’t think so…
I conclude that the politician’s decision – justice minister Wilson-Raybould – was motivated purely by survival instincts, more than any sense of right or wrong!
Call me a cynic, but there’s is just too much evidence to trust any politician about anything.
It’s the nature of the beast…and politicians prove the rule!
There is an exception to every rule; since there are NO ‘honest’ politicians, politicians prove the rule…because politics is the exception to the rule! They’re all liars and connivers…without exception.

I think this exception to the rule thing has an awful lot to do with why conservatives and Conservatives just don’t know who the heck to vote FOR in Canada anymore…it has to be because the system is completely corrupt, though and through – there’s no fixing that!

Well, I must say, credit where due.
There is one thing I have to admit about Jihadi-Justin-Groper, he is very consistent in his lying…as in never answering a question via his stumbling, stuttering, identity-politics-bafflegab and lies…inside the HOC or out. He’s quite accomplished in his consistency! Hell of a legacy…

Ezra, your dour and gloomy epilogue, " It could have been us. It could have been us.", would make an apt epitaph for post national Canada…

“…Something is rotten in the state of Denmark…”
commented 2019-02-08 11:24:38 -0500
Scott Snow,
Not always.
commented 2019-02-08 11:22:38 -0500
What a weak arguement Trump & his administration aren’t responsible to stop criminals fleeing the country. Its a felony to leave the State once charged!
The FBI is involved.
commented 2019-02-08 11:19:34 -0500
Karen you remember your history refreshing
commented 2019-02-08 11:19:05 -0500
Peter Netterville,
If there was human trafficing (and there was) on American soil, the Americans are responsible to stop it.
Keith Barnes,
The Liberals need to be stopped. And shame on the Liberals for thinking they could buy votes. You can’t force loyalty. Every politician has been told this.
commented 2019-02-08 11:07:39 -0500
…and now the truly bizarre…

Whenever I looked at a photo of Jody Wilson-Raybould the idea “cannibal” popped into mind. Last fall I was planning an article about the Trans Mountain Pipeline focusing on the fact that in the Federal Court hearings the feds were the defendants AND were funding the complainants - the feds were “cannibalising” themselves. Jody, as AG and Justice Minister, was ironically at the centre of things.

I dove into the research and, as ever, deep currents transported me far from my original destination. I learned that Jody’s personal tribe was a sub-group of the Kwakwa’wakw called the Hamatsa which means “cannibals.” They were cannibals who terrorised Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Jody’s native name is “Cannibal Princess.”

I developed a well-grounded suspicion that the severed feet in shoes people keep finding around Vancouver are the work of a Hamatsa serial killer cult. Police have recorded 20 of feet-in-shoes. Two date back a century and appear to have been a protest against the criminalisation of Hamatsa potlatch ceremonies where cannibalism took place. Here is my article from Canada Free Press. It got re-posted on 40 sites. Below that is a photo from 1910 showing cannibalism to be active on Vancouver Island in the 20th century.
https://canadafreepress.com/article/the-hamatsa-and-the-mystery-of-the-severed-feet
https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/native-american-smoke-curing-a-human-corpse-1910/
commented 2019-02-08 10:20:31 -0500
I predict that sometime in the future, after Trudeau is out of politics, some current Liberal government insider is going to have a Jesus moment or awakened-conscience experience and write a book about all that has gone on during this Trudeau era. All of these exposes that The Rebel highlights will be shown to be the tip of the iceberg. I literally shudder to think of all that is going on behind the scenes in Ottawa. The rot up there must be mind-boggling! I am surprised that we do not hear more about this and that there are no more defections or confessions from current Liberals. I do not think that they are all bad, but they are cowards.
Unfortunately it will just be brushed aside by most lefties because of their inability to accept that they blew it and are responsible for putting him in there.
commented 2019-02-08 09:52:37 -0500
“opertunity”
opportunity
commented 2019-02-08 09:48:30 -0500
KAREN MACLEOD commented 11 hours ago.
Heh. The Young Liberals want to decriminalize prostitution all out……..

Canada, the land of opertunity where you get a good bang for your buck.