SNC-Lavalin affair: We answer your most pressing questions

The SNC-Lavalin scandal shows no signs of dying down — and neither does readers’ appetite for more details about what went on, why and how.

We asked what you still want to know about the controversy and got hundreds of emails and messages in response. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we received. We will update this story often.


Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s former attorney general, testified before the House of Commons justice committee that the staff of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pressured her on the issue of criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin.  (LARS HAGBERG / AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)

What is SNC-Lavalin accused of doing?

It all started on Feb. 19, 2015, when the RCMP charged SNC-Lavalin and two subsidiaries with fraud and corruption over its actions in Libya, where the company made billions of dollars over years through public contracts.

Police allege that between 2001 and 2011, the company bribed Libyan officials to the tune of nearly $47.7 million and defrauded various Libyan organizations of about $129.8 million. SNC-Lavalin pleaded not guilty.

What would a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) mean for SNC-Lavalin?

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