More trouble for the company at the centre of the Trudeau PMO scandal.
SNC-Lavalin, the company facing serious potential federal charges, is also facing potential charges in Quebec.
According to the CP, “Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge, court documents show. In December, Quebec court approved a request by prosecutors to retain until June thousands of documents seized by the RCMP in connection with an investigation that drew on more than two dozen witnesses.”
The case is related to events over a decade ago, with what the RCMP says is a ‘bribery scheme’ related to the Jacques Cartier Bridge contract.
In 2017, a government official – Michael Fornier – pled guilty to accepting ‘payments’ of $2.3 million from SNC-Lavalin.
The company has a long history of corruption problems:
“A former CEO, Pierre Duhaime, is serving 20 months of house arrest after pleading guilty Feb. 1 to a single charge in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. Yanai Elbaz, a former McGill University Health Centre senior manager, pleaded guilty in December to accepting a bribe and was sentenced to 39 months in prison. Former SNC-Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa pleaded guilty to a charge of using forged documents last July and was sentenced to 51 months in prison.”
The current allegations – in relation to the bridge bribery – against SNC-Lavalin have not been proven in court and there are no current charges for those allegations.
Trudeau and the PMO are now facing the biggest scandal of their time in office, with potential interference in the prosecution case against the company at the federal level. Additionally, the government snuck a ‘deferred prosecution’ section into the federal budget – seen as being specifically about going easy on SNC-Lavalin so they could keep getting lucrative federal contracts, another example of how the Trudeau Liberals serve the elites at the expense of the Canadian People.
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