In a recent op-ed, Ottawa Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen blames the fallout from the SNC-Lavalin (SNC-L) affair on two women: Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott. According to Cohen, their impulsiveness, disloyalty, and short-sightedness “have put the achievements of the Trudeau government at real risk.”
By tarnishing the Liberal brand, these women have ruined everything.
While searching in earnest for scapegoats, Cohen forgot to mention the real villains in this soap opera.
SNC-L has never really warmed up to the “sunny ways” approach. The company has been debarred for 10 years by the World Bank, forbidden to bid on global projects as a result of high-level corruption in Bangladesh in 2009-2010.
Moreover, SNC-L faces charges of fraud and corruption
in connection with nearly $48 million in payments made to Libyan government officials between 2001-2011. This does not include the $1.95 million
spent on booze, nude dancers, porn stars and sex workers to spoil Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s son, Saadi, when he was invited to Canada in 2008 by SNC-L. MORE
Analysis: On its face, Trudeau is accused of the same malfeasance attributed to Trump — meddling in the wheels of justice for political gain
Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump.
It’s increasingly clear that Canada isn’t particularly happy with Justin Trudeau for allegedly trying to interfere with the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. As Jane Philpott said upon her resignation from cabinet on Monday, “the solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system.”
Solemn principles are one thing, but did Trudeau break the law?
Below, the National Post bothered a bunch of legal experts to find out.