SNC-Lavalin: Scheer asks Trudeau to lift the obligation of professional secrecy

SNC-Lavalin: Scheer demande à Trudeau de lever le secret professionnel

OTTAWA — The leader of the conservatives Andrew Scheer wrote to the prime minister Justin Trudeau to ask him to waive the privilege, in order that the former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould could speak publicly about what happened with SNC-Lavalin.

Mr. Scheer also wishes that all communications with the prime minister or members of his staff for the criminal prosecution brought against SNC-Lavalin are open to public scrutiny.

The request follows an article in the “Globe and Mail”, according to which members of the office of Mr. Trudeau have exerted pressure on Ms. Wilson-Raybould to that federal prosecutors are negotiating a prosecution agreement hanging with the firm, in order to avoid a trial – a request to which she would have refused access.

The giant montreal engineering and construction has had trouble in court because of allegations that he provided millions of dollars in bribes to obtain contracts with the government in Libya, which would be a crime under canadian law.

Ms. Wilson-Raybould, who has been the subject of a downgrading of his duties as minister of Justice and attorney general last month, has already declared that she was bound to silence in this case by the obligation of professional secrecy.

Government officials have acknowledged that Ms. Wilson-Raybould had participated in internal discussions on SNC-Lavalin group, but they claim that there was no fault and that Mr. Trudeau has denied that he or anyone in his office has been able to influence the minister on this issue.

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