The SNC board ‘ may ‘ have known about the office safe with $10M cash stashed in it … Ya think ?!!! …

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.

Hiding in Switzerland !!! …

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

Now there’s a good name for a ‘ KBekker ‘ exec !!! …

” 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.

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Obviously attempting to save his own ass , but he obviously sounds a lot more believable than the execs claiming the ‘ Shultz Defence ‘ … BULLSHIT ! …

” These were contracts that we got thanks to the influence , to the involvement of Saadi Gadhafi ” Ben Aïssa testified in 2017 in the Roy case.

” I didn’t do this on my own … The company pushed me to do it … I’m a company man … I did what the company asked me to do … Yes , it was criminal … I pleaded guilty “…

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.

The CEO at the time, Jacques Lamarre , who himself travelled to Libya twice to meet dictator Moammar Gadhafi , says the runaway tab was submitted by the private security firm entrusted to oversee Saadi’s visit.

” Everybody was so mad. The board was mad. Everybody was really , really unhappy about that $2 million ” Lamarre , who also sat on the board , told CBC News.

” At the end of the day … what do we do ?… We did pay it … But we were very unhappy about that “…

Oh well then … That gets ya off the hook  I suppose , does it ?! …

THIS is why Junior is being told to ‘ make this go away ‘  !!! …

Too many execs don’t want to lose their lifestyle and end up in prison !!! …

 

Tick Tick Tick … BYE BYE JUNIOR !!! …

Where is the scandal here , ask the worldly-wise ? No money changed hands , no crimes were committed , not even a whiff of sex. When it comes down to it , isn’t this all just a disagreement between a couple of cabinet ministers ? …

This is the scandal in the SNC-Lavalin affair. It isn’t just that the prime minister and a phalanx of other senior government officials — including his principal secretary , Gerry Butts , his chief of staff , Katie Telford , and the clerk of the Privy Council , Michael Wernick — quietly tried to derail the prosecution of a company with a long history of corruption and an even longer history of donating to the Liberal party ; that they pressured the former attorney general , Jody Wilson-Raybould , to have prosecutors drop charges of fraud and corruption against the company in favour of a “ remediation agreement ” for which it had already been deemed ineligible ; or that they did so , by the former attorney general’s account , for explicitly partisan reasons.

It isn’t that the crimes of which the company is accused — bribing officials in the bestial Gaddhafi regime in Libya , to the tune of tens of millions of dollars — makes this one of the most serious cases of alleged corporate corruption in Canadian history ; or that the case is regarded as an important test of Canada’s willingness to prosecute companies alleged to have engaged in corruption overseas , as a signatory to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials , after years in which we were regarded as international scofflaws.

It isn’t that the legislation providing for remediation agreements — also known as deferred prosecution agreements , they are a kind of plea bargain wherein a company admits guilt , pays a fine and restitution , but avoids a criminal conviction — had only just been passed , tucked deep inside an omnibus bill , in response to a massive public and private lobbying campaign by SNC-Lavalin … Or that , when the director of Public Prosecutions , Kathleen Roussel , declined to offer the company the escape hatch it had spent so much money to obtain , it mounted yet another furious lobbying campaign to have her decision overturned …

It isn’t that when caught Justin Trudeau and his people lied about it ( “ the allegations are false ” ) … That when they were done lying about it stonewalled , deflected and obfuscated … That they repeatedly smeared , or encouraged others to smear , both the former attorney general and the former Treasury Board president , Jane Philpott , who resigned from cabinet rather than participate in this sordid campaign … That they muzzled both women by selective application of solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality , even as they ignored these constraints themselves … That they shut down two parliamentary committees rather than hear all the evidence from these and other relevant witnesses … And that after all this , when there was nothing to be achieved by it but sheer humiliation , kicked them both out of caucus.

No , the real scandal is the determined — and , it would appear , largely successful — campaign on the part of the prime minister and his officials to normalize their conduct … As if monkeying around with criminal prosecutions was all part of the usual give and take of cabinet government , or at worst a misunderstanding between people who “ experienced situations differently ”…

But it isn’t normal … More , it must not become normal …

If SNC-Lavalin’s campaign had succeeded — if it were yet to succeed — it would not only mean the independence of the attorney general and that of the DPP had been compromised on this occasion … Or that this particular prosecution had been improperly suppressed. It would set a precedent for every similar prosecution in future. The lesson for any large company facing criminal charges would be , not to phone their lawyers , but to phone their lobbyists , their MP , cabinet ministers , civil servants , anyone with the presumed ability to get the charges killed.

Because the arguments the government has used to justify its conduct in this affair could just as well be used in other cases. If it was all normal and above-board this time , it would surely all be normal the next. That is what makes all this so dangerous. Lying about it , covering up , at least acknowledges that something wrong was done. Whereas shrugging it off , in the prime minister’s airy fashion , clouds our very ability to tell right from wrong.

That is where the scandal is , here : less in the scandal itself , than in the attempts to pretend it is not a scandal.

Why is prosecutorial independence such a big deal ? Simply , because power , unchecked , tends to be abused.

If you have the time and interest  , carry on reading this very concise report of The real scandal in the Lavalin affair …

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Trudeau threatens Scheer with lawsuit over SNC-Lavalin comments …

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has received a lawsuit threat from the prime minister regarding comments he made about the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Scheer says he received a letter from Justin Trudeau’s lawyer on March 31.

The letter from Trudeau’s lawyer Julian Porter took issue with what it terms ” highly defamatory ” comments in a statement made by Scheer on March 29 in response to new documents tabled in the justice committee from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Trudeau’s lawyer alleges Scheer made false statements, and refers to the Libel and Slander Act of Ontario, which deals with any publicly published material or comments that defame or disparage an individual or their profession.

“The prime minister supports wide-ranging and vigorous political debate on matters of public policy. However, your statement, in its entirety, is beyond the pale of fair debate and is libellous of my client personally and in the way of his occupation as prime minister,” Porter writes.

What ?!!! .. By pointing out that WE ALL have now HEARD proof of what she ( Jody ) has been saying all along ?!!! …

‘ Libellous ‘ ?! to sate the OBVIOUS ?! …

The rebuttal also dares the prime minister to proceed with the lawsuit — which Scheer reiterated in his Sunday afternoon news conference — saying the defence will call for evidence, for Trudeau to testify under oath and for members of his government also to testify …

GOOD ONE !!! …

I’m still looking for what sheer was to have spoken about today , supposedly …

Source: Trudeau threatens Scheer with lawsuit over SNC-Lavalin comments | CBC News

The Liberal Avoidance Party ( LAP ) dances …

OTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott are still competing with unnamed anonymous government sources to craft the ending of their storylines as Liberal MPs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau booted his former star cabinet ministers Tuesday — after regional caucus chairs met to say their members had enough of a saga that has overtaken the party’s agenda.

And obviously it’s FAR too late to do the right thing here and admit we , you the Prime Minister fucked up , so sonce the people think they should know … Just kick out the two loud mouth bitches and the problem goes away !!! … Back to biz as usual !!! …

Kicking them out was ” the only decision ” that could be taken , said Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett on the latest episode of ” Follow-Up “.

” You’d have to be as dull as dull gets to not understand the view of caucus ” offered Liberal MP John McKay. “… Did it do political damage ? It did , and it has.”

Again , note how they freely admit ( or truly consider it their right to cheat and lie as a government to favour KBec ) , or , per chance , are simply too stupid to realize , that they keep proving the entire affair was POLITICALLY motivated and based OUTSIDE OF THE LAW !!! …

In the podcast , host Althia Raj sits down with Bennett and McKay , two MPs who’ve seen their share of Liberal infighting as elected representatives since 1997. They share their insights on what went on within the Liberal caucus and what they feel really happened.

In her statements , Bennet says ”  … it was ” legitimate ” for PMO to ask Wilson-Raybould to consider second opinion “… Well , after reasonably considering a newly spun law , specifically created as an ‘ out ‘ for their KBec ‘ amis du bizwaw ‘, the ( then ) Attorney General seemed it as inapplicable to the SNC case and didn’t meet the standard of ‘ rare and unique ‘ circumstances to ‘ give the guilty parties a break ‘ by reversing a decision made by a supposed independent legal entity …

She asks ” Who should pay for a possible SNC-Lavalin conviction ? ” … Well DUH !!! … The executives that are guilty and all involved …The profits from their company’s ill gotten contracts and over-payments !!! … This is easily compensated ! … For any financial hardships any employees of SNC can PROVE ( after the ‘ bribing criminal executives are in jail and the company sheds jobs to make a political point ! ) … Simply garnish this source of income and redistribute it among the deserved, effected people  ;

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. will sell 10.01 per cent of its stake in 407 International Inc. , the private consortium that controls the profitable tolled highway in north Toronto , for an expected $3.25 billion , the company announced Friday.

That’s more than a billion than what the government earned 20 years ago – for selling the entire highway.

In 1999 , the Ontario government sold Highway 407 for $3.1 billion , or $4.4 billion in today’s dollars.

At the time , it was the largest privatization of a public asset in Canadian history. But in hindsight, it may be considered one of Ontario’s biggest financial missteps, considering the SNC-Lavalin sale pegs the value of the highway at at least $30 billion.

SNC , at this point in time , still own those shares … I say put a ‘ hold ‘ on that … Let the court run its’ due course … And when popped , THERE’S you avenue for compensation !!! …

This one’s a riot !!! … ” Was Wilson-Raybould’s call with Wernick scripted ? “… Even when this moron should know the recording has been made public she fails to realize that Raybould-Wilson speaks very little and does a whole lot of listening to Wernick stammer and search for words , desperately attempting to avoid to saying  ‘ Look , we want to circumvent the law for votes in KBec and the boss’ll fire ya if ya don’t ‘ … When she does speak , other than repeating what she said at the committee inquiry ( the ONE time she was allowed to speak ) , the only other thing she states is advice !!! … ‘ Someone EXPLAIN this to Junior !!! ‘ …

Apperently , Andrew Sheer has something to toss into all this at some point today … I’ll be keeping an eye out for it …

Source: ‘Follow-Up’ Podcast: Inside The Liberal Party Battle Royal | HuffPost Canada

THIS JUST IN !!! … Er , ah … From CBC …

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Over the course of the secret discussions , it emerged that Wilson-Raybould had a list of at least five conditions that could help end the civil war that has been tearing the government apart, multiple Liberal sources say.

The first three conditions involved staff changes at the very summit of the government. The sources said Wilson-Raybould wanted Trudeau to fire his principal secretary , Gerald Butts, along with Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick and PMO senior adviser Mathieu Bouchard.

The sources who spoke to CBC News , on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the conversations ( NO NO !!! … Don’t mention my name !!! … HELL NO !!! … No way I’m gonna be accountable !!! … ) said Wilson-Raybould made clear her desire for staff changes to the prime minister and his staff in a series of conversations in Vancouver in the days before her resignation from cabinet on Feb. 12.

( The Toronto Star first reported some of these conditions , or similar ones ( Look folks , give ’em … They can’t coordinate their bullshit on such short notice !!! ) , earlier Wednesday … OH !!! … Like that makes it ‘ substantial then ! … The Star !!! ) …

Butts was never fired , but he did resign on Feb. 18. He later testified that he never pressured Wilson-Raybould on the SNC-Lavalin file.

Wernick announced his retirement last month after intense public criticism of his testimony before the justice committee on Feb. 21 and March 6. Bouchard remains in the PMO.

But Wilson-Raybould’s wishes went beyond a limited housecleaning in the PMO. Sources said she also sought assurances that her replacement as attorney general , David Lametti , would not overrule Director of Public Prosecutions Kathleen Roussell and direct her to give SNC-Lavalin a deferred prosecution agreement.

Wilson-Raybould also wanted Justin Trudeau to admit — publicly , or to caucus alone — that his office acted inappropriately in its attempts to convince her to consider granting SNC-Lavalin a DPA.

And what’s wrong with that ?! … She’s been wrongly accused for all the ‘ public ‘ to witness … PUBLIC , first ADMISSION ‘ , THEN ‘ apology ‘ ( completely worthless as it would be tho ) is absolutely warranted …

Kate Purchase , executive director of communications and planning in the PMO , said in a statement to CBC News that Wilson-Raybould never issued a formal ultimatum to the prime minister , adding she would not comment on the details of Trudeau’s private conversations.

Now this I can see … In their ‘ private conversations ‘, it’s perfectly reasonable for Jody to suggest that Junior sack his ‘ advisor , if that’s the sort of ‘ advice ‘ he has to offer ! , and his , supposed , non-partisan Clerk of the Privvy Council … And any others doing a lousy job …

Trudeau and his officials ultimately came to believe that the efforts to end the rift with Wilson-Raybould were futile … ” This bitch isn’t gonna circumvent justice and allow our criminal buddies to escape jail … She’s gotta go !!! “…

Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould , in defending the secret recording of Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick that appears to have tipped the scales in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to eject her from caucus.

On Tuesday night , Trudeau said the secret recording of the phone call , which Wilson-Raybould had described as one in which Wernick made “ veiled threats ” against her , was ( Junior throws in this Hail Mary description … ) “ unconscionable ” and that the trust between caucus and her had been broken …

” Unconscionable I tell you !!! … How are we supposed to be able to keep lying to the public if she’s gonna have proof of our BULLSHIT ?!!! … That’s just not how our ‘ team ‘ works !!! “…

Jody Wilson-Raybould hit back at that characterization on Wednesday …

“ Talking about unconscionable , it’s unconscionable to tread over the independence of the prosecutor ” she said … “ It is unconscionable not to uphold the rule of law , and I have always maintained that stance. I think it is very alarming that people are focusing on the actual recording of the tape as opposed to the contents of the tape. The contents of the tape , in my view and the view of many people that have reached out , speak for themselves ”…

Source: Wilson-Raybould set multiple conditions for ending the rift with Trudeau, say sources | CBC News

Trudeau and the Liberals should be ashamed …

All this bullshit leads to the conclusion that the Liberal caucus , and its leader , have rejected the first role of MPs : to hold government to account.

Under our system of responsible government , elected houses supposedly control the executive branch , not the other way around. Governments are supposed to answer to democratically elected members. The principle applies not merely to the opposition but to governing party MPs. They are not supposed to be puppets.

This seemingly straightforward job requirement has been trampled over the decades , of course. Government MPs on committees are often mere mouthpieces for the boss. Backbench queries during Question Period are regularly cheerleader sessions for the PM. It’s not that the Liberal party under Trudeau is any worse than predecessor governments , including Conservative ones … It’s simply that these are the Liberals who , in 2015 , promised to take the taint and cynicism out of politics. Apparently only two Grit MPs took this pledge seriously.

This is where I’ll throw my two cents worth in and state , as I have for decades ! , that we should long ago have gotten rid of this ‘ Party Whip ‘ bullshit … Members representing constituents should vote for the majority of those constituents … If a law is not passed … Then so be it … At the end of their mandate … The opposition parties can campaign on the fact that the previous government couldn’t agree on much , never mind the Opposition !!! … You could throw in a’ three strikes clause ‘ and after the third time you have a vote of ‘ no confidence ‘ … Essentially what three members of the Liberal party have already done …

We’d essentially have the most laws of the previous House sitting …

Alongside hypocrisy and cowardice, the Liberals’ current position oozes irony. For example , having spent three years releasing members of the Senate from the shackles of party discipline , on the premise that this would strengthen thoughtful debate in the red chamber, Trudeau is clearly having none of it with his elected caucus … Only two felt that truth,  accountability and transparency were essential parts of their job.

The party has indeed chosen how it wants to operate …

Shame …

Source: Editorial: Trudeau and the Liberals should be ashamed | Ottawa Citizen

Junior throws a hissy fit and sacks JWR and Jane Philpott …

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expelled Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus, saying that trust with the two former cabinet ministers has been irreparably broken.

Trudeau delivered the news to the national Liberal caucus in Ottawa Tuesday night, saying the two could not stay on because they could not express confidence in the caucus.

“The trust that previously existed between these two individuals and our team has been broken, whether it’s taping conversations without consent, or repeatedly expressing a lack of confidence in our government or me personally as leader,” he said.

“It’s become clear that Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Dr. Philpott can no longer remain part of our Liberal team.”

Well , if they’re not going to circumvent laws so you can save your KBec biz budz and essentially buy votes in KBec … They gotta go , right ?!!! …

Trudeau said it’s wrong for any politician to secretly record a conversation , but called it ” unconscionable ” that an attorney general would tape a conversation with the country’s top civil servant — a reference to Wilson-Raybould’s release last week of a recording of a phone conversation she had with Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick in December …

UNCONSCIONABLE !!! … Just how the Hell are we supposed to continually BULLSHIT Canadians if they’re gonna actually ‘ hear ‘ the truth ?!!! …

Bye Bye Junior …

Source: Trudeau ejects Wilson-Raybould, Philpott from Liberal caucus | CBC News