SNC-Lavalin: Gerald Butts wants to express themselves in parliamentary committee

SNC-Lavalin: Gerald Butts veut s’exprimer en comité parlementaire

OTTAWA — The parade of witnesses to the case, SNC-Lavalin continues. Flayed by Jody Wilson-Raybould Wednesday in committee, the former principal secretary to the prime minister Gerald Butts raises his hand to make an appearance on the same tray and offer his version of the facts.

It is one of the 11 people identified by Jody Wilson-Raybould as having led to pressure “constant and sustained” in order to convince her to avoid a criminal trial to the engineering firm in québec.

When he handed in his resignation, he denied that he had anything to apologize for. In his missive, he asked “respectfully” for the committee to offer him the opportunity to express themselves, saying, however, need a “short period of time” for legal advice.

The justice committee was to meet behind closed doors Thursday afternoon.

The jolts of explosive testimony from the former minister of Justice and attorney general were still being felt on Parliament hill, particularly in the House of commons, which has been the theatre of an period of questions surging on Thursday.

Even if it was not in the federal capital, prime minister Trudeau has been able to escape the questions – those of journalists, in the appearance Wednesday of Jody Wilson-Raybould in front of the standing committee on justice and human rights.

The one on the maintenance of the chosen one within the liberal caucus was imposed in the first. The answer is not coming. “There are still thoughts to be had by relation to its status within the caucus,” he said on the sidelines of an announcement at the canadian space Agency in Longueuil, quebec.

The ex-attorney general of Canada, delivered a testimony harmful to the liberal government Wednesday after-noon – and his fellow liberal colleagues had booked an interrogation tight, seeming to seek to destabilize and to find flaws in his story.

For close to four hours, based on a detailed chronology of meetings, exchanges of text messages, or telephone discussion, she mentioned a campaign of pressures, “inappropriate” is being phased-in over four months between September and December 2018.

According to his version of the facts, the prime minister and his entourage have been subjected to pressure “constant and sustained”, or even “veiled threats” in order to convince her to avoid a criminal trial to SNC-Lavalin.

The prime minister reiterated Thursday – as it has done since that this case has erupted with the publication of allegations in an article in the Globe and Mail – that he and his close advisers had always acted “appropriately” and that they were trying to save jobs.

Thus, the “truth” of the ex-minister is not his own.

So who to believe? Justin Trudeau spoke Thursday of the “differing perspectives”, and he argued that he relied on the committee’s review, as well as the investigation that has triggered the conflict of interest commissioner and to the ethical on this history.

It has also re-affirmed that if the former president of the treasury Board Scott Brison had not resigned, there would have been no reshuffle in January last, and that Jody Wilson-Raybould would still be at the helm of the ministry of Justice.

One that is once again a simple member of parliament has lost his wallet during this game of musical chairs occurred on the 14th of January last. In committee, on Wednesday, she said that she believes that “this was due to the case of SNC-Lavalin,” but that the prime minister’s office, had been “denied.”

At the end of the year, when asked why she remained in the liberal caucus, she responded that she was “proud to be a member of parliament for Vancouver-Granville”, that it “had been elected as a liberal member,” and that it had “not changed”.

“I do not expect to be excluded from the caucus,” she added.

Emergency debate and inquiry

The conservatives have managed to get an emergency debate in the Chamber on the case of SNC-Lavalin, which will get underway in the evening. When she pleaded his cause, mp Candice Bergen said that Justin Trudeau had lost “the moral authority” to govern.

Its chief Andrew Scheer had made statements of a similar Wednesday night, when he called for the resignation of the prime minister. It has by the very fact pointed out that the RCMP should trigger a criminal investigation.

It went from words to actions. The leader has sent a letter to the commissioner of the federal police, Brenda Lucki to ask him to”use(r) all the resources” to “investigate, in a manner that is fair and comprehensive,” on any measure “potential offender” had been committed.

However, the main question argued Wednesday before the committee that, in his opinion, the pressures were “inappropriate” but not illegal. This is what makes say to the member bloquiste Gabriel Ste-Marie that this request to the RCMP is only a political manoeuvre.

Prime minister Trudeau was reported Thursday morning in Longueuil that”(his) knowledge,” no member of his bodyguards had been contacted by the federal police.

Legault worried

On the side of the national Assembly, the prime minister François Legault has declared that the situation (SNC-Lavalin) remained “very worrying, because the share price has dropped, there is no controlling shareholder”.

Because if the company “may not have government contracts for 10 years, if the trial lasts two, three years, in fact, it creates big problems and major risks for employment”, he added.

He, however, refused to comment on the arm wrestling Trudeau/Wilson-Raybould, who plays on the other hill: “I was not there. Is this as Mr. Trudeau has made of the undue pressure, I can not answer. There are two contradictory versions, but I was not there”.

His minister of Justice and attorney general, Sonia LeBel, has expressed concerns relative to the integrity of the institutions.

“I’m rather concerned for the respect of our institutions, and, if what is alleged is true, it is indeed worrisome that there has been pressure, and that, that worries me greatly,” she offered to the micro of the journalists.



OTTAWA — The Trudeau government wants a relaxation of the integrity Regime, has recognized the federal minister of public Services and the Supply and Accessibility, Carla Qualtrough.

The proposed changes could give oxygen to the corporation SNC-Lavalin group, is currently in turmoil.

The multinational company in quebec facing charges of corruption and fraud related to bribes paid in Libya. If the guilt of the company is recognized, the new integrity Regime could reduce the penalties incurred.

According to Ms. Qualtrough, the changes were proposed after consultations with stakeholders in the environment of the industry who felt that the existing program was too rigid.

The integrity Regime automatically prevents most of the offending companies to obtain a federal contract for a period of 10 years. It is sometimes reduced to five years.

She indicated that the new system will continue to prevent these companies to obtain potentially contracts from the federal government for a maximum period of 10 years. The implementation of the gap will depend on a number of factors such as the seriousness of the crimes alleged, but the period of ineligibility may be much shorter.

Appearing before a parliamentary committee, Ms. Qualtrough has indicated that the update of the policy will be completed within four to six weeks. The integrity Regime would also encompass a wider range of offences.

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