February 07, 2019

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

Rebel Staff

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...?

NEXT: Polls right after the broadcast showed high approval ratings for President Trump's second State of the Union address.

But what does Joel Pollak think? The senior editor-at-large for Breitbart News joins me to talk about the speech, as well as the progress (if any) on building a wall on the southern U.S. border.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-02-08 04:18:49 -0500
Thanks for the fine posts from Barb Morrison and Robert McClelland… The babbling idiocy displayed by our Boy Blunder, and “Crazy Horse” Cortez are just too obvious to be ignored, even by the usual butt-kissers in the news media on both sides of the border… Are they both smoking the same batch of pakalolo???
commented 2019-02-08 03:43:01 -0500
Too late in the game for Raybold to develop a conscience. If I recall correctly she started the Trudeau regime corruption events off with her “meet the Justice Minister” personally for $500 a person meeting with lawyers in Toronto. When the news was made public she stated the meeting with Toronto lawyers was to discuss her riding in B.C. (for what reason?) and it wasn’t a cash for access event…..the BS flag started waving madly then and now it is shredded beyond hope or repair. Liberals have always been corrupt without ethics or morals, this batch is no different from all the others. They are traitors to Canada and Canadians.
The MSM witch hunt on President Trump didn’t make me “hate” him like Liberals/Democrats intended, their constant BS and fake news has given me cause to admire his tenacity and strength for his country. He will take action to build the wall and in doing so will provide Canada with some protection from the hordes that believe their desires should be accommodated at whatever cost to the country they invade. (Check out the UN Migrant Pact that the idiot PM put his name to)
commented 2019-02-08 03:05:40 -0500
Meanwhile, down in the States, the Dems have gone Stage Four Looney Tunes. Occasional Cortex has announced that the US is native land for all Latinos and that the DHS and ICE should be disbanded.
Ocrasio-Cortez has also announced her full on communist Green New Deal
Poor old Natterin’ Nancy got her precious gavel but former bartender and twice evicted, Crazy-Eyes Cortez, is hijacking the Democrat Party. Say….wasn’t Junior a bouncer once? Maybe they could go into business together, once their political careers are done, which hopefully will be in the very near future.
commented 2019-02-08 02:41:56 -0500
I guess Wilson-Raybound didn’t get the memo that she was just a token gender/race based hire to make our hapless PM’s cabinet appear gender balanced and diverse. The poor misguided lady actually thought she had duties and responsibilities.
commented 2019-02-08 02:32:02 -0500
This may be a watershed moment, it could be that , gasp, the Left Stream Media Mop and Pail, is no longer going to carry the Dauphin’s water.
Up to this point, I think that while most Canadians have become aware that Junior is not all that bright, they have not yet come to the realization that he is also corrupt.
The Boy Blunder’s vacay to the Aga Kahn’s island and subsequent ethics violation convictions never really registered with Canadians. Heck, Junior got a small fine and skated, so most would think nothing of his misconduct. However, if publications such as the Mop and Pail start to report on issues such as Junior’s political interference with the justice system on behalf of his Laurentian cronies and actually hold our Dear Leader to account, the general public will come to realize that he is both intellectually challenged and corrupt.
If this is not just a one off, it will certainly take the shine off all those tens of thousands of selfies the Dauphin has posed for.
commented 2019-02-08 02:18:56 -0500
what do you call a prime minister in the witness box? “GUILTY
commented 2019-02-08 02:14:33 -0500
Al Peterson, thanks for reminding me about C.S. Lewis.
Spot on.
commented 2019-02-08 01:22:19 -0500
Ahhh yes our little dictator is proving us right.
commented 2019-02-08 00:56:45 -0500
What’s the big deal? Not like anything will come of this?
commented 2019-02-08 00:56:44 -0500
What’s the big deal? Not like anything will come of this?
commented 2019-02-08 00:42:08 -0500
sponsorship scandal; the liberals——same old shit—same old pile.
commented 2019-02-08 00:22:43 -0500
In his book, The Abolition of Man, Lewis was prophetic in pointing out that relativism—the idea that there are no absolute truths—would lead to the decay of morality and a lack of virtue within society. Without a belief in and the teaching of universal moral laws, we fail to educate the heart and are left with intelligent men who behave like animals or as Lewis puts it, “Men without Chests.”

What Lewis said:
And all the time—such is the tragi-comedy of our situation—we continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.
commented 2019-02-08 00:02:40 -0500
Robert Greeley,
Trump cannot stop the mess the Democrats started. Trump sent his rejected persons north by not stopping them at the border for their crimes.
Border patrol cannot even put a dent in Quebec corruption with organized crime. How many immigrants bring organized crime with them?
I think that’s all Trudeau knows is corruption and its f*cking sickening. The bastard should suffer the Public Persecutions office, the one Harper established & Lisa Raitt supports.
I hope it has more weight than the ethics commissioner. I hope it matters.
Being run out on a rail is too kind for what these people pulled. Even if Trudeau is bi-polar, nuts & being used… Even symptomatic a bi-polar can somewhat conjure right from wrong.
Not in this case I believe.
I’m totally revolted and I find excuses to enable pretty quickly some times. The last straw was when he was elected. We just didn’t know it.
commented 2019-02-07 23:45:50 -0500
Liza Rosie.. America is going to clean up their yard first. While Trudeau pollutes ours.
commented 2019-02-07 23:44:16 -0500
Proud Deplorable commented 1 hour ago
Why is it everything a Liberal touches turns to crap??????
I also have that feeling where we are all on a Bus that will soon crash, and there is nothing we can do about it.
I only hope that the crash isn’t the re-election of Trudeau.
commented 2019-02-07 23:42:29 -0500
I sure hope Trudeau goes into hiding after the next election. Like in solitary confinement.
He should resign now and get a lackey to take the fall like Mulroney did.
If he stays, he is never EVER to take bribes or vacations again as gifts and secondly, throw the corrupt Quebecers out. All of Quebec if he has too. Save the innocent via backround check. He’s to stop the charitable foundations cold turkey.
That’s the least he can do to make it right after the Public Persecutions Office is through with him.
Zero tolerance. Zero compromise. Zero sympathy for a monster.
commented 2019-02-07 23:19:45 -0500
I wish Americans would get updated on Canada’s immigration policies. We do not have an orderly or skills based immigration system anymore. It is a shambles here. America needs to know what we are filling up our country with so they can get on that northern border wall as well. They do not want what we are allowing in, trust me.
Joel Pollock, we have no reasonable approach, its a free for all here. Get that through your head. I am sick of hearing that. Its a lie. You are mis informed. Not just a ‘few’ problems here Joel, its a free for all!!
commented 2019-02-07 22:47:04 -0500
Speaking of Clintonian and Libya. I’m surprised Hillary didn’t have a ‘word’ with someone to ‘correct’ Raybould. I guess no one could guarantee her cover, so she did the only thing she could do to cover her ass – refuse to potentially take the rap, if it came out.
Was the new Attorney General going to play nice for the liberals? I wouldn’t give Raybould too much credit. If Raybould had any real integrity, she would leave the Liberal Party entirely.
Yeah, under oath, the whole damn bunch of them.
Did anyone count Justin’s ’ah’s’’. The more nervous he is the more he does it.
commented 2019-02-07 22:45:45 -0500
Why is it everything a Liberal touches turns to crap??????????
commented 2019-02-07 22:28:14 -0500
Canad has never seen corruption like this nor the lies or deceit from any govt in our history until J Trudeau. Absolutely disgusting
commented 2019-02-07 22:25:31 -0500
This SNC case and the Norman case smells of Butts. As the pressure builds I suspect that Gerald M. Butts will fall on his sword to cover for Trudeau though I strongly suspect that he will still be calling the shots for Trudeau just not in person at cabinet meetings or in caucus. You see Trudeau just doesn’t have the brains for any of this.
commented 2019-02-07 22:16:01 -0500
I don’t feel bad for Wilson-Raybould.
She had a “Come to Jesus” moment, eh?
Good. That’s the least she could have did after being part of that law to begin with.
How many years did she clap behind Trudeau in question period?
I’m amazed we’re even seeing this instead of her being transfered to another cushy job.
Open firings. Who is that meant to scare?
The rowdy ranks of Liberals starting to sweat under the heat of an election they’re trying to rewrite every law to rig.
F*ck Trudeau. I bet he’s on his way to legalizing every drug so they can stop paying bribes to strippers & hookers to hide their illegal activity.
Hookers & weed are legal now. What’s next? Lowering the age of consent? God, I wanna barf.
commented 2019-02-07 22:07:32 -0500
Liberalist globalist is a mental disorder.. Look at all the basket cases..wingnuts around the world.. Good thing there is a cure… It’s called common sense, doing the right thing and following the rule of Law of the western Nation’s.
commented 2019-02-07 22:03:15 -0500
If you look up the definition of corruption in the encyclopedia, all it probably says is to see the liberal party of Canada!

This government is a disgrace and a disaster for Canada!
commented 2019-02-07 21:42:08 -0500
I could not figure out why Wilson-Raybould was fired. One who filled the intersectionality checks of the LPC, but competent…the only competent minister in the cabinet. Sadly, the intersectionality of competence with principled honesty is not one of the LPC check marks.

But then, in Junior’s mind, an F/N woman in cabinet is so 2015 when it is now 2019, particularly when she takes her job seriously.
commented 2019-02-07 21:37:21 -0500
Gomery. That should suffice.

What is really a surprise here, is not that there is malfeasance and corruption in the Liberal ranks, the surprise is that it has taken nearly three years for them to be revealed.

Liberals must all go to a sort of reverse charm school, where they learn the subtleties of being corrupt and getting away with it. “Diversity is our strength” and our red herring.
commented 2019-02-07 21:32:33 -0500
commented 2019-02-07 21:24:31 -0500
Great reporting Ezra. One thing is certain, if the Rebel dose get shut down it will not go out like a Lamb, more the roar of a Lion.
Let the world know what Trudeau really is, let the people hear the truth and let them be Trudeau’s Judge. We have had enough of Liberal corruptions and traitors.
commented 2019-02-07 21:20:55 -0500
Trump boasted that he could go to a crowded down town street and shoot someone and get away with it. I think that sentence should of had Trudeau doing it in DT Toronto, and getting away with it.