SNC-Lavalin announced confidential deal with feds, four days after Trudeau’s first throne speech in 2015
Four days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals opened their first session of Parliament with a throne speech in 2015, the federal government entered into a new confidential deal with SNC-Lavalin.
The Quebec construction and engineering giant touted the deal in December of that year, noting that it would allow it to continue scoring lucrative public contracts with the federal government. But to this day, the details and content of this deal remain a secret.
The agreement is different from the deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) that former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould has testified she was improperly pressured into pursuing by the prime minister, his senior officials and the country’s top public servant.
Both agreements are meant to address the fraud and corruption charges hanging over the Montreal-based engineering firm. But while Wilson-Raybould’s replacement, David Lametti, is still consideringoffering a DPA, the administrative agreement was long ago successfully enacted. It remains on the books, more than three years later.
Public Services and Procurement Canada reached the deal with SNC-Lavalin that took effect on Dec. 8, 2015, which was the Tuesday following the government’s first and only throne speech. SNC-Lavalin’s deal was the first under what the government described as its new “integrity regime,” and no other company has reached any similar arrangement, according to the department’s list of agreements on its website.
‘The specific terms are confidential’
The former Harper government created Canada’s “integrity regime,” an accountability measure introduced on July 3, 2015, to ensure the government does business solely with ethical partners.
They allow firms to keep doing business while demonstrating they’re addressing misconduct — in SNC-Lavalin’s case, corruption and fraud charges, including allegations that it paid nearly $48 million in bribes to Libyan government officials between 2001 to 2011.
Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough has said the government is now in the process of updating that integrity regime, in part to respond to industry concerns about the inflexibility of the decade-long debarment that firms like SNC-Lavalin face if criminally convicted.
Yet despite the heightened scrutiny of the government’s relationship with SNC-Lavalin that has followed the major political interference scandal consuming Ottawa, the administrative agreement contents are being kept under lock and key. – nationalobserver.com
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Why does Trudeau have such a close connection with SNC-Lavalin?
Under comments on the above articleYou can have an opinion and march to the party line. That is what good foot soldiers do. However this scandal is more about the PM himself getting involved due to a family friend . His name is Jacques Bougie, recipient of the order of Canada is listed as a director at SNC-Lavalin Group, a director at McCain’s foods (Bill Morneau’s wife’s company) and listed as a mentor at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Close buddy of Jr????
Hahahahahaha Of course there wasn’t a coordinated support for Trudeau, Hahhahahahahah
Just how stupid do the Liberals think we are? Hadju and Rusnak both on local television on within a couple of days of each other?