Canada – SNC Illegal Election Contributions To Liberal Party

Names of SNC employees, executives behind thousands of dollars in illegal Liberal Party donations revealed

A confidential document sent to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2016, and obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada, reveals how top officials at the embattled engineering firm SNC-Lavalin were named in a scheme to illegally influence Canadian elections.

The list of names, compiled in 2016 by federal investigators probing political party donations and leaked to CBC’s The Fifth Estate and Radio-Canada’s Enquête, raises new questions about an agreement by the Commissioner of Canada Elections not to prosecute the company.

The federal Liberals were sent the list in a letter marked “confidential” from the Commissioner of Canada Elections — the investigative branch of Elections Canada — on Aug. 5, 2016. But for nearly three years, neither Elections Canada nor the Liberal Party shared that information publicly.

The investigation reveals that over a period of more than five years between 2004 and 2009, 18 former SNC-Lavalin employees, directors and some spouses contributed nearly $110,000 to the federal Liberals, including to four party leadership campaigns and four riding associations in Quebec.

According to the letter, the investigation found that SNC-Lavalin reimbursed all of those individual donations — a practice forbidden under the Canada Elections Act. – CBC

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Is anyone surprised?  Why do I have the distinct feeling that this type of illegal campaign contributions is a common activity?

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  1. Jake Gittes
    Jake Gittes at | | Reply

    Good news the CBC (the CBC!!!) reporting Liberal Party miss-deeds (lets’ talk about the party in power, as opposed to any “whataboutism” regarding parties NOT in power, or those not involved in the SNC – Lavalin scandal….). I guess though, it is hard to bury something when the rot smells so much…

    Bad news – NO comments allowed on the CBC article (as any reader of the G&M, National Post, etc., will tell you, the CBC “shapes” the news by when it does, and does not allow comments…)

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