If you have followed any Canadian media reports this week you have likely heard the growing controversy occurring within the Trudeau Liberal government.
In particular, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the subsequent fallout over the resignation of former Justice & current Veteran Affairs Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Trudeau cabinet.
What started this controversy?
Last week, the Globe and Mail reported that the former Justice Minister was pressured, by Trudeau's senior officials working within the PMO, into offering a deferred prosecution agreement(DPA) in a criminal case to large Canadian corporation, SNC Lavalin, in lieu of a criminal trial.
It has been suggested that when Ms. Wilson-Raybould did not end the criminal proceedings in favour of a DPA, she was shuffled, by the Prime Minister, from the Justice portfolio and a Montreal based Justice Minister was appointed.
The new Justice Minister has since indicated that he will not rule out entering into a DPA with SNC-Lavalin.
A deferred prosecution agreement allows a major corporate entity, like SNC Lavalin, to plead guilty and pay a fine instead of facing criminal charges that may lead to jail or other severe consequences.
In this case, the consequence of a criminal conviction would be a ban from being able to bid on federal contracts for ten years.
Many consider a DPA to be a “slap on the wrist” only offered to well-connected insiders and is a controversial topic as it this was only recently created in Canada, buried deep within a Liberal omnibus budget implementation bill.
It has been implied that this option of a DPA was created specifically to benefit SNC Lavalin, currently facing criminal charges related to bribery and fraud.
Where this situation becomes murkier is that the lobbyist registry reveals that since 2016, SNC-Lavalin has lobbied the Trudeau Liberal government more than 80 times on the subject of “justice and law enforcement”.
In 2016 it was also revealed that SNC Lavalin had illegally donated close to $118,000 to various political parties.
Of this $118,000, close to $110,000 was donated to the Liberal Party of Canada or various Liberal riding associations or candidates.
The remainder went to the Conservative party of Canada or various Conservative candidates. None was reported donated to the NDP.
The Prime Minister has steadfastly refused that he directed the former Justice Minister in any way over the SNC-Lavalin prosecution, however he has refused to comment on the allegations that Wilson-Raybould may have been pressured.
A serious concern, that many suggest, amounts to potential judicial interference.
On Monday evening, Ms. Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet in a letter stating that she has hired legal counsel to determine what she can say in response to the allegations without interfering with solicitor client privilege that Mr. Trudeau has thus far refused to waive.
My question this week:
Do you believe this situation is deserving of further investigation or should Mr. Trudeau be taken at his word that there was no potential judicial interference?
I can be reached at Dan.Albas@parl.gc.ca<mailto:Dan.Albas@parl.gc.ca> or call toll free 1-800-665-8711.
2/13/2019 04:45:00 pm
R.c.m.p. Need to investigate. Canadians deserve answers. Trudeau needs to step down.
2/16/2019 11:44:28 am
I feel that the Government of Canada has crossed the line and I like all other Canadians are wondering whether the RCMP are just going to sweep this under the carpet from directions sent by the PMO or are you going to remember that you serve the Queen and the Crown.
2/23/2019 04:26:52 pm
Believe the prime minister Justin Trudeau
2/13/2019 04:56:58 pm
2/13/2019 06:00:07 pm
Absolutely investigate. Do not take Justin Trudeau’s word for anything.
2/13/2019 10:25:43 pm
Investigate. Trudeau needs to go. He has destroyed our country enough and he can’t be trusted. So much for following the law.
Mia Sophia Sorella De Luca
2/14/2019 06:08:51 am
Trudeau needs to step down. Non confidence vote necessary
ABSOLUTELY INVESTIGATE! WE WANT ANSWERS!
2/14/2019 12:16:42 pm
I am so fed up with the non-answers we get from this Prime Minister, and very shocked at how he publicly shamed his former Attorney General, Jody Wilson Rayboud. Not acceptable. He needs to be made to bring it all out into the open so the facts can be known!
2/14/2019 11:27:17 pm
An investigation should done with full disclosure of all information to the public so that the Liberal party can be exposed to the public as the criminals that they are.
2/15/2019 10:09:48 am
Jody needs to Speak Must be something serious if she has sought Legal Council
2/15/2019 12:19:53 pm
Dear Mr. Albas I hope you and your conservative colleagues will press hard on this serious situation. I do not believe anything Trudeau or his office minions say. Ms Raybault appears to be getting thrown under the bus. I am in a federal liberal riding but I vote conservative. Thank you for reaching out to those of us who want to see the restoration of an ethical government.
Joan Barlow Marven
2/15/2019 09:20:51 pm
He must allow Jody to speak ,she must tell Canadians the truth.
2/18/2019 10:24:43 am
2/20/2019 01:39:12 pm
Dan Albus has made promises that he did not keep, did not intend to keep, and there in an appearance he is turning a blind eye on corruption in his own city. I do not have much trust in what Mr. Albus says anymore.
8/24/2019 02:37:06 pm
Although I no longer live in Kelowna it appears to me Dan Albus has become another Andrew Scheer. Goes whichever the political wind blows. I've yet to see common sense or integrity in Scheer either. After 61 years as a staunch Conservative I will vote PPC this time. The only strong - sensible Canadian platform I've seen so far is by Maxime Bernier and the new party. Do you know they are already running more candidates than the Liberals. As far as I'm concerned it is also the most Conservative Platform I've seen. Daryl Duhamel
Barbara L. Lane
2/21/2019 01:03:10 pm
Yes investigate. They can't be transparent only when it suits them.
Leave a Reply.
Subscribe to the MP Report
Sign up now to get Dan's weekly MP report emailed directly to you!
Sign up now to get a monthly MP Report mailed directly to your home.
Dan Albas is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.
Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola