SNC Lavalin tried to manipulate the law… then the PM…and now you.

There’s a standard old saying that no one is above the law, but it’s pretty clear with this latest discovery by Integrity BC, that SNC Lavalin feels that they are above the law.

 

Arrogance knows no limits when it comes to SNC Lavalin… they tried to manipulate the law, which hasn’t worked for them. Then they tried to manipulate the Prime Minister and his office, which really didn’t work out well for them. And now they take out an ad buy of the Globe and Mail opinion piece written by esteemed criminal lawyer extraordinaire, Brian Greenspan? https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-did-jody-wilson-raybould-understand-her-role-as-attorney-general/

Greenspans opinion piece is yet another in a long series of opinion pieces that read like hit jobs questioning Jody Wilson Rayboulds knowledge and skill. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but think it felt like the cliche ‘yet another old white guy explaining how things work in the world to the women’. Seriously. And I also thought about what a disservice he was doing in glossing over some really serious stuff here, when another lawyer I know shot over this piece for me to read.

Bingo.  “ Mansplaining to the Honourable Jody Wilson Raybould”  is a must read and I sure as hell hope this gets picked up on a national level. Written by Robert Harvie, family lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, he gets right to the heart of what’s wrong with Greenspans opinion piece.

Excerpt:

In his article, he suggests, rather strongly, that the concerns raised by Ms. Wilson-Raybould, and her supporters, reflect a “fundamental misunderstanding of the responsibilities of key participants in our justice system.” In his article he writes that to question the appropriateness of outside influences on prosecutorial discretion exhibits a serious misunderstanding about how “justice” works.

Perhaps. Or, perhaps Mr. Greenspan’s article is a bit of “mansplaining.”

~snip~

I would be so bold, as someone who is only a family lawyer, to suggest he has perhaps glossed over the issue a bit.  And, in my opinion, as a lawyer who has spent some time working to improve access to justice and fairness in our legal system, the larger truth is too important to ignore or dismiss.

And this is the thing about that.

Mr. Greenspan is completely correct. Prosecutors cannot live in a bubble, devoid of contact or influence by the world around them — including very direct influence by the actors involved.  As Mr. Greenspan writes, “isolation breeds tyranny” and advocacy — the testing of the Crown regarding their perspective on a prosecution — is healthy and fundamentally important to assure full consideration by the Crown of all factors to be considered as they engage their duties.

But. And here’s the big “but.”

When our jails are populated by people without the means to hire someone like Brian Greenspan to assure that the Crown is challenged appropriately — particularly for example, by Indigenous people in grossly disproportionate numbers — there is a fundamental concern about the efficacy of the Rule of Law.  About the reality of the theory that “all people are equal before the law.”

And it’s a growing and legitimate concern that Mr. Greenspan, with all respect, ignores completely.

It might be reasonable to ask yourself, for example, what are the odds than an impoverished Indigenous person charged with a criminal offence in this country would have the pull to cause the prime minister himself lean on the minister of justice to, in turn, to lean on the prosecution to “cut him a break.”

Or, to use Mr. Greenspan’s example, what are the odds that same individual might be able to hire Brian Greenspan himself to meet with the attorney general to consider his case?

Zero to none are those odds.

And, perhaps, Ms. Wilson-Raybould — being a woman and an Indigenous person – was somewhat sensitive to this reality.

So. It might do for some old white guys in our profession like Mr. Greenspan and myself to consider that perspective with a little more charity.

With the greatest of respect to Mr. Greenspan, he ignores, completely the growing sense of frustration of many Canadians that there often appears to be two sets of laws in this country — one for people with deep pockets or friends in high places (usually both), and one for everyone else.

Did Prime Minister Trudeau “lean” on Ms. Wilson-Raybould, or did he simply provide “perspective”? Who knows?

But the questions raised in this case are legitimate and undeniable.

Or maybe, like our former attorney general, I just don’t understand.

 

Brave Mr. Harvie, brava. This is exactly it. No one is above the law and the ease of which those corporation and individuals who have the money, the connections and the power to influence the law in a way you or I could not, is wrong.

( And this is where I mention Greenspans past representation in another SNC bribery case https://www.thestar.com/business/2014/04/07/accused_in_snclavalin_bribery_case_argues_canada_has_no_jurisdiction.html )

I’ve written about this SNC issue with respect to Jody Wilson Raybould several times, and I have written about SNC Lavalins activities in BC, along with former board director Gwyn Morgan, at length. Avoiding a trial on the current charges isn’t about keeping innocent employees from suffering the consequences of a few bad apples, it’s about keeping the former board of directors off the stand. It’s about not letting any further people get questioned and CBC recently ran an excellent piece getting right to that.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/snc-lavalin-trial-board-1.5096153

Screenshot 2019-04-18 at 8.04.38 PM

Excerpt:

…There’s no question that millions of dollars in bribes were paid to the Gadhafi regime in Libya to win lucrative contracts for SNC-Lavalin.

The former head of the company’s global construction arm admitted to bribery, corruption and money laundering in 2014. He pleaded guilty in a Swiss court.

But the Quebec-based engineering firm has long insisted that Riadh Ben Aïssa was acting alone and in secret.

“The Libyan bribes were disguised by Riadh Ben Aïssa as part of normal project costs,” former board chair Gwyn Morgan told CBC News in a recent email. “There was simply no means for board members to detect them.”

Ben Aïssa has a very different story to tell. He is back in Canada after having spent more than two years in prison in Switzerland.

He has turned on his former executives and board of directors and has been co-operating with police and prosecutors.

If called to testify at an SNC-Lavalin trial, he could expose who else in the senior ranks may have known about $47.7 million in bribes and $130 million in fraud tied to projects in Libya — crimes the RCMP alleges were committed by the company between 2001 and 2011.

SNC-Lavalin has been lobbying hard behind the scenes to secure what’s called a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) to avoid going to trial. The company, as well as its supporters in government, argue thousands of jobs are at risk if it is convicted and barred from bidding on federal contracts.

But a CBC News investigation reveals why 12 top directors who left the company years ago also have plenty at stake if the case goes to trial. SNC-Lavalin’s former board is an influential who’s who of the corporate elite that includes former senators, banking executives and members of the Order of Canada. They will all likely face close — and very public — scrutiny if called to testify about whether they knew of any corruption happening on their watch…

 

Still think this is all about saving jobs?  Or saving their own asses?

Remember: ” Trials are designed to detail wrongdoing by government and corporate officials alike and to mete out justice in a transparent forum that the public can understand. Deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) are designed to cover up details of wrongdoing and replace jail time for corrupt government and corporate officials with fines for corporations…”  ( from https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/only-a-criminal-trial-will-reveal-whether-snc-lavalins-corruption-infected-the-government-too )

For too long in Canada, major corporations have been running the show with provincial and federal governments. They make big donations and when those big donations are banned, they find other ways to get the money to those politicians….something SNC Lavalin knows all about too.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/election-financing-snclavalin-charbonneau-1.4984823

…Canadians may never know the details of an elaborate scheme orchestrated by engineering giant SNC Lavalin to funnel more than $117,000 to two federal political parties after one of the key players quietly pleaded guilty a few weeks ago.

Normand Morin, the 76-year-old former vice-president of the company, took advantage of a routine court appearance in late November to plead guilty to two of five charges of contravening Canada’s election financing rules. The prosecution dropped the remaining three charges.

Morin was given 60 days to pay $2,000 in fines.

~snip~

A compliance agreement signed by SNC Lavalin in 2016 refers to a system that involved “certain former senior executives” of the company. Employees were encouraged to donate to federal political parties, then were reimbursed by the company through “false refunds for personal expenses or payment of fictitious bonuses.”

Under federal election financing laws, companies are not allowed to contribute to parties or candidates. The scheme allowed SNC Lavalin to circumvent the law by making political donations indirectly through its employees.

The vast majority of the money contributed between 2004 and 2011 went to the federal Liberal Party. According to a 2016 compliance agreement with SNC Lavalin, the Liberal Party of Canada received $83,534 while various Liberal riding associations received $13,552.

Contestants in the Liberal Party’s 2006 leadership race got $12,529.

And before the Cons out there get all excited, SNC used the same scheme to donate to your party as well, so shut it.

It’s time for this government- all governments, in fact – to send SNC and companies like SNC a message that corruption won’t be tolerated. This is the law. This is beyond egregious. And this company and its former director Gwyn Morgan, have a long history with the BC Liberals and Christy Clark that has raised questions…most of which are still unanswered.

It’s time for you to demand your elected officials remember who actually votes them into, or out of, office. SNC Lavalin has no loyalty to anyone or anything but profit. Why anyone would go out of their way for them, is beyond me.

But then again, maybe like Greenspan mansplained to the attorney general ,  I just don’t understand how it all works either…

 

 

41 Comments on “SNC Lavalin tried to manipulate the law… then the PM…and now you.

    • Thanks Kim. I was about to sit down and do a more hopeful Easter post actually…then saw Dermods post with screenshots and wow that just blew my mind.

  1. Excerpt of an email from a friend :

    ” I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but the SNC Lavalin try for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement is a part of the larger picture. The attempt is to move huge Corporate Illicit Action OUT OF THE REALM OF CRIMINAL LAW… and that is a piece with careful and consistent de-Regulation. If SNC -L makes a wholly corrupt contract with Country X, under Deferred Prosecution Agreements it can – LITERALLY – buy its way out of criminal charges! ! ! After corruptly contracting with foreign country A, it can corruptly contract with Canadian government to avoid criminal corruption charges….So whether Wilson-Raybould knew it or not … and she has never even hinted as much … she was putting her finger on a next step in the disintegration of Contract Law…”

  2. Thank you. thank you Laila. I read Greenspan’s piece the other day and asked myself “Who am I to disagree with this esteemed jurist?” I thought he was unfairly maligning JWR but ‘what did I know’? I’m just an ‘old white guy’ with no credentials.
    I’m so glad someone had the courage to challenge his comments, and hopefully keep this disgusting piece of work (SNC-L) in front of the public. It would be a travesty and a huge disservice to our judicial system if they are allowed to get a DPA. Almost as bad as the Liberals and BC Rail, but they didn’t ask for a DPA, they just flaunted the law.
    What worries me is that a large percentage of the population is acceptable of this, and Trump, and Jason Kenny et al.
    Keep up the good work!

    • I hope you don’t take offence at the ‘old white guy’ diss…its certainly not meant for you or any other of my great older Male readers who have mentored and taught me so much about engineering and public construction!!!

      It specifically refers to a certain older white Male demographic who are quite misogynist and who talk down to all women as if our brains can’t quite comprehend properly. 🙄

      You, dear sir, do not come even close to that kind of man!

      I do worry too about Kenney,Ford,Wilkinson et al. The nonpartisan electorate is increasingly unhappy and rightly so. The divide is growing between rich and poor and when we see Galen Westin getting a million dollar handout after this SNC joke, it sticks in ones throat and is hard to swallow.

      Politicians are taking people for granted. Campaigning on ” We’re better than them” isn’t enough. They have to actually be better. The Fords and Kenneys make the little guy feel good by appealing to deep seated ideals many dont discuss in public and rhetoric of cutting taxes knowing full well low info voters eat that garbage right up.

      The best thing we can all do is demand better from your own party leaders and educate others in a way that doesnt involve calling them a moron.

  3. Interesting to note that SNC Lavalin is in Federal Court citing the fact that people like Gwyn Morgan are no longer on the Board as a reason the company should now be granted a DPA.

    “The bad guys are gone” excuse should have certain entities seriously examining past experience with the company and its executives. Entities like our provincial government for example.

    Mr. Horgan, the majority of citizens in British Columbia want their Premier to establish a public corruption inquiry to include this aspect of our history. Please don’t let us down by pretending you don’t have reason or a duty to act.

    • I’m doubtful they will call a public inquiry Lew’ because to do so would invite scrutiny into areas I’m thinking they dont want anyone looking. And as opposition for 16 years at some point they would have heard or seen something…Horgan already made a statement once with respect to the legislature scandal I found quite telling…he said he had heard things in the hallways etc in regards to the things under investigation. My immediate thought was…why didnt he follow up on those things or task someone to determine if wrongdoing had occurred? Not unlike how he dropped the ball on the LMC when if came down to voting on whether to bring James and the speaker under their control. Yes they would have outvoted him regardless but man’s at least register a no vote to show you were opposed. 🙄

  4. I am incredibly relieved to see that some have had the courage and good conscience to question the validity of the opinion piece written by Brian Greenspan. It adds to my disgust over the entire SCN-Lavalin/PM/PMO partisan wrong-headedness to now have someone of such stature in our legal circles stooping to write such erroneous clap-trap. Thank you for helping to take out the garbage.

    • The partisanship on this issue has been incredibly toxic…people wonder how asses like Ford and Kenney get elected ? The trolling by Lpc partisan supporters doesn’t exactly endear the party to anyone. Integrity BC, who has done more to document the corruption and wrongdoing of the BC Liberals has been called a Con plant. Like seriously..wtf??

      This actually matters and speaks not only to the independence of our legal system but to the values we hold as a country in becoming complacent to normalizing corruption as a corporate given.

      Greenspan is the best at what he does….that doesn’t afford him special immunity from criticism. His entire tone is very condescending .

      • Agreed, Greenspan is the best at what he does. The real problem is, he does it only for those who can afford him. He is the lawyer for the financial and corporate “elite”, those who break the law and want to get away with it and still maintain their “social status”.

        In the long run, DAPs and such won’t work for our legal system or democracy.

        Even if SNC tanks, the work will be taken up by others. The engineers, etc. who work there will go to other corporations, form their own, etc. The jobs won’t be lost, just the B. of D. and quite frankly I don’t care about them. they are there to improve their own bank accounts and their own agendas. it has little to nothing to do with those who work at jobs all over the country and pay all those taxes.

  5. There are a number of possible investigations and possible dire SNC consequences steadfastly ignored by the media.

    Such as?

    1/ OECD
    2/ EDC
    3/ World Bank

    If the OECD finds against SNC, then what difference will a DPA make? The company has basically shafted itself. It needs loan guarantees? From who?

    If the ECD finds against SNC, then what difference will a DPA make? The company has basically shafted itself. It needs loan guarantees? From who?

    If the World bank reimposes its ten year ban, that restriction only expires in 2023. Why wouldn’t it be extended?

    And then there’s possible class action lawsuits from irate shareholders…

    Back to basics: What is the estimated cost of corporate corruption globally? Forty trillion.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/petition-money-laundering-corruption-un-court-a8876216.html

    “Could this petition for a new UN court be the answer to fighting money laundering and global corruption?

    “Multinational action needed to address ‘global problem which exists, often due to the ineffective nature of national regulations’”

    “The challenges posed by webs of corruption spreading across borders – fuelled by fraud, money laundering and illicit offshore funding schemes – has raised the urgent need for an international court, and a restitution fund which can fairly redistribute the money and assets seized back from illegal ownership, say the organisers of a newly launched petition”.

    “More than $40 trillion of suspected “dirty money” secreted in offshore financial jurisdictions, and $30bn spent anonymously on luxury properties and goods are some of the estimated examples of this hugely bountiful and egregious trade.”

    “At the same time, World Bank figures show that 3.4 billion of the global population are surviving on $5.50 a day, and 1.9 billion have to live on just $3.20.”

    “The shadowy financial empires, the petition holds, hurt the affluent states which are losing billions of dollars in revenue every year in taxes evaded and the secret economy depriving funds from the creation of jobs and services.”

    “This, in turn, puts a huge burden on the public budget with the pressing need to provide social welfare and health services. The effect on the poorer countries is a “double whammy” of funds which disappear through embezzlement and fraud by the rich and powerful elites and also the loss of precious human capital as people, including those with badly needed skills, move to seek jobs and feed their families.’

    The usual “we’re always striving” administrative platitudes aside, ponder what could happen to a future DPA if at the same time a World Court had the authority to intercede, prosecute crimes elsewhere, and redistribute fines more equitably?

    P.S. I wrote to the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency about whether SNC-Lavalin was being re-investigated.

    More later..

    • Excellent points. The media response is interesting on not covering this aspect ( or maybe Quebec media has but I dont follow French language media generally)

      I look forward to more.

      • You ask about the media response? That wonderfully self-serving oligopolistic conglomerate caught forever in a financial tailspin, frequently complaining that Ottawa should subsidize it, regardless of whether their product is worth saving? While begging for alms would it be wise to make too much of a fuss?

        The media response in Quebec? It is unique. In Macleans Magazine Paul Wells writes..

        https://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/canada-the-show/

        “I have here, open on my browser on neighbouring tabs, six columns from six different Montreal-based news organizations arguing, in so many words, that the alternative to giving SNC a Deferred Prosecution Agreement is economic chaos. All published today, Tuesday. The Journal de Montréal predicts “catstrophe.” L’actualité says “thousands of jobs” are at risk. “Why the hesitation?” asks Radio-Canada. “Must we destroy the company?” asks the best legal columnist at La Presse. “Who would benefit” from the end of SNC, “if not other big Canadian companies like Toronto’s Aecon, whose acquisition by a Chinese company Ottawa just blocked?” asks Le Devoir‘s man. “What good” would condemning SNC to “a likely death” achieve, wonders The Gazette‘s op-ed writer.”

        He also notes…

        “And it’s true that the corporation, SNC-Lavalin, gave more than $100,000 in illegal donations to the Liberals over the years (and approximately 1/10 that figure to other parties), which all concerned promised to pay back just as soon as the illegal donations came to light.”

        “And it’s true that SNC-Lavalin’s largest shareholder is the Quebec public-service pension fund, whose pet project is a light-rail network, whose main construction contractor is SNC-Lavalin. And it’s true that the head of the pension fund pushed hard for the federal government to set up an Infrastructure Bank whose only investment to date, announced on the day before a beleaguered provincial government launched an election campaign, was in the light-rail network promoted by the pension fund that is SNC’s biggest investor and which, in turn, is the rail project’s biggest contractor.”

        SNC’s track record noted elsewhere…

        From 2009

        https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-s-new-transit-plan-100-million-over-budget-1.437234

        “A new light rail project for the City of Ottawa is already $100 million over budget, but that estimate is expected to climb even higher.”

        “A source told CTV Ottawa on Wednesday that technical problems for a light rail line to the city’s east end are pushing the project’s budget about 25 per cent higher than originally expected. The city has also underestimated the costs of a maintenance yard and transit platforms.”

        “Those rising costs are raising red flags at the Ontario legislature, where the province’s municipal affairs minister says the province needs a firm price tag before moving forward with the project.“

        From 2019

        In BC.

        https://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/bagnall-is-snc-lavalin-technically-incompetent-hardly-but-heres-what-the-city-needs-to-explain

        “A report from CBC suggests the Montreal-based engineering giant had failed to meet minimum technical scores in a detailed evaluation by procurement officials, which prompted the city’s auditor general Ken Hughes recently to add the LRT Stage 2 evaluation to his current list of investigations.”

        “What is he likely to find? Most likely, very little of consequence — but there are a couple of twists. On the face of it, it stretches credulity that the city would have awarded such a large contract to a company allegedly incapable of meeting a basic technical standard.”

        Despite Premier Horgan’s strangely uninformed, ‘you say there’s a problem with SNC being the wrong company to hire for mega-projects?’ and even before OECD, EDC and World Bank reports appear, there’s an interesting motion put forward by Vancouver City Council..

        In part it reads..

        https://council.vancouver.ca/20190312/documents/motionb5.pdf

        4. Recent media reports since February 6, 2019, have exposed current status of corruption charges of SkyTrain technology supplier SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. for bribery and fraud. The criminal prosecution through Public Prosecution Service of Canada is requiring a trial rather than a negotiated settlement agreement;

        5. SNC-Lavalin and Bombardier partner for SkyTrain projects in Metro Vancouver;

        6. Bombardier is also reported as being investigated for allegations of corruption through a World Bank audit and has been struggling to produce trains for existing orders for rail equipment or to fix equipment problems. New York City Transit Authority announced as reported on January 24, 2019, that they are halting delivery of any new train cars from Bombardier until more of the existing ones are fixed;

        7. Tying Broadway rapid transit solely to SkyTrain technology could delay transit delivery with additional costs;

        8. City of Vancouver statements of financial information show a total of $2,916,452 in payments to SNC-Lavalin between 2010 and 2017;

        Surprised? Both SNC and Bombardier were investigated by the World Bank? And now Vancouver is rethinking what is acceptable to the city?

        Something else to consider. Assume the worst. Trudeau capitulates, SNC is granted a DPA. But this requires an Admission of Guilt.

        How would such a public admission square with the stipulation that SNC-Lavalin served only a fraction of its time in World Bank limbo as long as it kept itself from being caught breaking fraud and bribery laws?

        What would be the response from the OECD, the EDC? Which financial institutions would feel comfortable loaning money on major projects following such guilty pleas?

        This story is far from over.

  6. Integrity BC’s screenshots are causing an uproar all over Facebook and Twitter.

    Media has reached out to SNC Lavalin and they have yet to respond or comment.

  7. It always amazes, but doesn’t surprise when the public bare witness to the immorality and lies from so many of our politicians who have tried to corrupt and bend and even break justice for their own ends. They are so horrible that they will even put the integrity of Canada’s democratic institutions as a whole at risk. Just to keep their seats for the next election. All of the dirty things they have commited against Jody Wilson Raybould, the justice system, and the Canadian people in the name of getting those important ridings secure. Destroy everything for a vote. It’s what it comes down too. The highest place is law and order. These shameful dirty elites and their rotten corporate pals think there’s a higher place though. We should remind them that there really isn’t a higher place come election time. Jody Wilson Raybould would be a great PM. Oh god but what other awful things could once again be thrown upon us for the rule over Canada. Scheer, Singh, or Trudeau again. I cringe thinking of the possibilities of going down that shithole. I will try to think of better days as medicine.

    • This kind of gets to the heart of it for me and why I started blogging as I became more aware of politics years ago and saw the inequities. Inequity not just socially, but in how our democracy works.

      Average people can’t afford to hire a lobbyist to meet privately with politicians about their interests….we are lucky if they even read, let alone answer an email. Speak to the PM? Call their office to ask for a reconsideration of site c permits? Not happening.
      Even with the NDP, there continues a fight by journalists like Bob Mackin to get documents to write the stories we, the public need to know.

      Look at the lobbying by SNC with the ndp.

      Why are corporations afforded the luxuries of averting criminal charges? Why are they allowed the privilege of lobbying personally behind closed doors protected by freedom of information laws when you and I would never be given the same luxury??

      It’s just wrong. I have had it with highly profitable corps running roughshod over our land and communities and circumventing environmental regulations, criminal charges ( Mt. Polley) and our governments give them tax breaks and subsidies to do so. It’s a damn travesty and these exec’s are laughing all the way to the bank. No matter what happens, it will be golden parachutes all around for the entitled buggers who look down at us and laugh as they evade consequence once again.

      Corporations can pretty much get away with anything in Canada.And politicians keep letting them. That has to stop.

  8. In the summer recess leading up to the fall continuation of the BC Rail trial in 2010 there were many elites facing the prospect of time in the witness box, including cabinet ministers, a Premier and a former deputy premier whose brother was a key recipient of information illegally secured, and some very prestigious captains of industry. Anyone who believes knees weren’t knocking while nervous glances were cast at skeleton closets is naive in the extreme.

    Something had to be done, and these folks had access to the best lawyers; public servants with our bottomless funds, and the crème de la crème with theirs.

    Does anyone really think the potential witnesses and their high-priced help just waited through the summer and early fall hoping for the best and preparing to let events overtake them? What would a lawyer like Mr. Greenspan have done for instance?

    “When I wasn’t satisfied that a Crown had fairly or properly evaluated my submissions, I would, on occasion, resort to further meetings with supervising prosecutors. If I concluded that legal principles or mitigating circumstances had been ignored and that the path to resolution had not been exhausted, I might arrange a meeting with an assistant deputy attorney-general or, on rare occasions, with either the attorney-general of the province or the attorney-general of Canada.”

    In the BC Rail trial there was a special prosecutor in place. In the fall of 2010 he suddenly declared he wanted to drastically reduce the witness list in order to quickly bring the trial to a conclusion. Why?

    At the same time government lawyers, with the knowledge of the Attorney General, were working behind the back of the special prosecutor to come up with a $6.4 million offer to the defendants designed to have them accept the special prosecutor’s offer which they knew the defendants would not otherwise accept. They were so desperate to conclude this in a matter of days they took risks that appear to have them contravening the law. Why?

    And who lit a fire under these parties that resulted in their quick action to keep certain individuals off the witness stand in the nick of time?

    There is one man in British Columbia mandated by section 2(b) of the Attorney General Act to determine the answers here. David Eby.

    He’s had almost two years to do his duty. I’m beginning to think neither he nor our Premier care or have the integrity to address this stain on our province. And I must say that’s very distressing. Because where else can we turn?

  9. I shook my head and gave a bit of a laugh in disgust when Mike de Jong announced the big fat lie that the case was being closed because it would be to costly to the public. Then later down the road Mike Farnworth said he had plans too hold a public inquiry into BC Rail when he was running as a candidate with the NDP. Haven’t heard a thing anymore. Christ, our timid toothless tigers can’t even get the money laundering inquiry going yet.

  10. Didn’t realize this piece was up. Great article. Very clear.

    Might help some of those who slammed JWR and JP during the whole 8/9 weeks of carry on

    So SNC hasn’t dropped this. Given how divisive this all became in the country, perhaps SNC wants to resurrect it all with hopes the Conservatives will do more for them, now that the federal liberal party has been damaged by all of this.

    Some of the posts on other blogs were like the cult of Trudeau, hacking at other political parties. My first inclination was, these might actually be foreign trolls. Having read this article, who knows it could have been SNC trolls.

    Thank you again for writing this. It very clear what the problem is/was. I’ll make sure to check in more frequently.

  11. Speaking of corruption and entitlement….we were, weren’t we?
    What ever became of the Craig James and Gary Lentz affair? Are they still on the public payroll? How has the legislature managed to function without those two stalwarts?

  12. https://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/9140838-thousands-protest-replacement-czech-justice-minist.html#.1258-stage-hero1-7

    But Surely It Can’t Happen Here, Department.

    An unfortunate political trend has displaced The Rule Of Law Imperative. Now, not only corporations suspected of crimes can escape prosecution but also government leaders suspected of crimes can simply replace their most reliable and obstinate law-and-order Justice Ministers.

    But unlike Canada it appears that the Czechs have seen enough.

    “Thousands of people take part in a march in the centre of Prague, Monday April 29, 2019, to protest the proposed replacement of the justice minister. The protesters said Monday it might compromise the legal system at a time when prosecutors have to decide whether to indict Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union funds.”

    “Babis denies wrongdoing. The justice minister has significant control over the prosecution. The minister to be appointed Tuesday is Marie Benesova, a lawyer and adviser to President Milos Zeman, Babis’ close ally. Zeman has repeatedly criticized the prosecution.”

    “As a lawmaker, Benesova voted against a police request to strip Babis of parliamentary immunity to face investigation. The protesters and the opposition say Benesova might try to influence his case. A union of judges also expressed doubts about the change.”

    Curious, no? Who could have imagined that options like the DPA and sacking a feisty A.G. could also immunize politicians from future prosecutions?

  13. We in North America are fairly complacient. In other countries people take to the streets to demonstrate when they’re unhappy. In Canada and the U.S.A. every one thinks some one else is going to deal with the issue.

  14. e.a.f. Complacency is not really an effective way to combat political crimes?

    Agreed.

    What just happened in the Czech Republic, despite zero complacency?

    https://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/9142100-czech-justice-minister-appointed-amid-protests.html#.1258-stage-hero1-11

    “Czech President Milos Zeman has sworn in a new justice minister amid street protests against her appointment. Thousands have ralled in Prague and elsewhere to protest the appointment of Marie Benesova, who they say might compromise the legal system as prosecutors decide whether to indict Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union funds.”

    What was the problem?

    https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/9120766-czech-police-advise-indictment-prime-minister-frau.html#.9142100-stage-related1-2

    “Czech police are recommending the indictment of Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union subsidies. Prague’s prosecution office said Wednesday it has received the results of the police investigation into Babis’ possible involvement in the $2 million fraud. Prosecutors will decide whether to press charges against Babis or dismiss them.”

    “The case involves a farm that received EU subsidies after its ownership was transferred from the Babis-owned Agrofert conglomerate of some 250 companies to Babis’ family members. The subsidies were meant for medium and small businesses and Agrofert would not have been eligible for them.”

    “Later, Agrofert again took ownership of the farm. Babis, a populist billionaire, denies any wrongdoing.”

    https://www.mail.com/int/business/markets/8853878-thousands-demand-resignation-czech-pm-fraud-scanda.html#.9142100-stage-related1-4

    “Thousands of Czechs are rallying in Prague to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis over a fraud scandal. Babis faces charges that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, including his son, Andrej Babis, Jr. Babis denies wrongdoing.”

    • This out today….remember the political donation scandal I mentioned in this post?

      Somehow that list of names got leaked out.

      So. Much. Corruption.

      And of course, denials anything wrong was done…lol.

      *This* kind of thing is why SNC wants a dpa. Its really not even plausible that the board didnt know bribery was going on or that it was just a couple bad apples.

      This is about who knew what, when and how far into government it went.
      Like Chsrbonneau,when it comes to corruption it’s like an iceberg. What we see is a mere fraction of what is actually going on.

      And why we need a public inquiry here that goes far beyond money laundering. Those opposed to public corruption inquiries make me wonder. After all former SNC exec Pierrie Duhaime loudly objected to a public inquiry in Quebec saying there was no corruption…..😂

      Hmmm.

      https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5114537

  15. It occurs to me that Revenue Canada has a role to play in this instance, and in different instances where outright bribery is alleged or confirmed. How was the money reported for tax purposes and did these arrangements violate section 239 of the Income Tax Act?

    If the campaign donations were illegal, there couldn’t be a line code to deduct donation expenses on the tax form and the employee would presumably account for the amount as income. If “bonuses” were then provided to cover the income tax involved on the flow through, it might indicate that SNC and its employees conspired to mislead Revenue Canada on a couple of fronts.

    Since it is also unlikely there is a line code to deduct bribery expenses, how were the expenses reported to Revenue Canada, and did that reporting violate the Income Tax Act?

    The CBC and its peers have some work to do and are a long way above reporting bottom on this saga.

  16. Yesterday’s news on the ticker tape advised the McGuire group was moving out of Canada. Guess now that the B.C. Lieberals are gone, they don’t have enough projects to keep them in the money.

    • I saw they are pulling some divisions out of Canada and good riddens. I actually wonder if its connected in any way to the money laundering issues….

  17. What we call SkyTrain is actually two railways, the Canada Line which is a conventional railway and the Expo and Millennium Lines which use the proprietary ART Movia metro, which technical patents are owned by Bombardier Inc. and the engineering patents owned by SNC Lavalin.

    Now this arrangement has been poohed-poohed by the mainstream media and the SkyTrain Lobby.

    Let us be clear, ART Movia Metro is not compatible with any other railway in operation; only seven have been built since the late 1970’s; only two have expanded their initial system; two are mired in legal proceedings, with one involved in corruption charges; leaving Vancouver the sole city in the world, planning and building with ART Movia metro.

    And now this.

    https://thebreaker.news/business/snc-bc-boss/?fbclid=IwAR1dNatiVOXMxUTPJOhZExokDU2eQBHNowosBRSLFAsB8ENz4KSfp_p1mqw

    Former executives, including Ex CEO of SNC Lavalin, Gwyn Morgan have involved themselves in all layers of political government, TransLink and the Ministry of Transportation.

    Today, ART Movia metro is considered obsolete due to costs; too expensive to build; too expensive to maintain; too expensive to operate and it lacks capacity! Bombardier inc, which produces the ART Movia metro is slowly phasing it out of production.

    Yet, SNC Lavalin, which hold the engineering patents for ART Movia metro, stands to lose billions in revenue from the much more lucrative subway/viaduct construction.

    The Broadway subway is another scandal in the making, as there is just not enough ridership on Broadway to justify a subway, despite claims otherwise. Faced with the threat of legal proceedings, TransLink has admitted that Broadway is merely their busiest transit route!

    When Translink’s two top planners stated that there was not enough ridership on Broadway to warrant a subway, they were promptly fired.

    From 2015.

    http://www.railforthevalley.com/latest-news/zweisystem/translink-dumps-planning-veterans-tamim-raad-an-brian-mills-adios-surreys-lrt/

    SNC Lavalin is just another name for Canadian graft and corruption.

  18. The Broadway route is simply so developers can open up all of the U.B.C. ands and the West side of Vancouver for developers. If you built the transit the developers will come. Oh and lets not forget the former military base at Jericho beach, more development. There are literally billions to be made in development between Broadway and U.B.C. A nice subway or whatever would just help it all along. We the taxpayers of course get to pay for it.

    RossK over at the Gazetter has an interesting post up from Thursday, just got over to it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s