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SNC Lavalin Scandal

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Canadian Press

A timeline of the SNC-Lavalin affair

Feb 19 2015 To March 6 2019

A chronology of events in the SNC-Lavalin controversy:

Feb. 19, 2015 – The RCMP lays corruption and fraud charges against Montreal-based engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin, over allegations it used bribery to get government business in Libya. SNC-Lavalin says the charges are without merit and stem from “alleged reprehensible deeds by former employees who left the company long ago.” A conviction could bar the company from bidding on Canadian government business, potentially devastating it.

Oct. 19 – The Liberals win a federal election, taking power from the Conservatives. Two weeks later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau names Jody Wilson-Raybould minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. She is the first Indigenous person to hold the post, which combines duties as a politician (heading the Department of Justice) and a legal official (overseeing prosecutions).

March 27, 2018 – The Liberals table a budget bill that includes a change to the Criminal Code allowing “remediation agreements,” plea-bargain-like deals between prosecutors and accused corporations in which they can avoid criminal proceedings by making reparations for previous bad behaviour. SNC-Lavalin had lobbied for such a provision in Canadian law.

Spring – Although the bill has yet to pass, SNC-Lavalin contacts Public Prosecution Service lawyers to ensure they have all relevant information for a possible invitation to negotiate a remediation agreement. During the next three months, in response to requests from prosecutors, SNC-Lavalin provides detailed information it sees as making a strong case for an agreement.

Sept. 4 – The prosecution service tells SNC-Lavalin it will not invite the firm to negotiate a remediation agreement.

Sept. 17 – Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould discuss the SNC-Lavalin file. As attorney general, Wilson-Raybould could overrule the prosecution service, directing it to negotiate an agreement with the company. (Trudeau later says Wilson-Raybould asked him if he planned to tell her what to do concerning the prosecution – a conversation that he says ended with him telling her any decision was hers alone.)

Sept. 18 – SNC-Lavalin representatives meet with Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick, Canada’s most senior public servant, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to discuss issues including “justice and law enforcement.”

Sept. 21 – The remediation-agreement provisions come into legal force.

Oct. 9 – The prosecution service confirms in writing it will not invite SNC-Lavalin to negotiate a remediation agreement, a decision the company challenges in Federal Court. That challenge is ongoing.

Oct. 10 – SNC-Lavalin issues a news release saying it strongly disagrees with the director of prosecutions’ position and remains open and committed to negotiating a remediation agreement. SNC-Lavalin shares fall nearly 14 per cent, closing at $44.86 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. That’s the lowest close since March 2, 2016.

Oct. 11 – SNC-Lavalin meets with Elder Marques, a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, to discuss “justice and law enforcement.”

Nov. 5 and 19 – SNC-Lavalin meets with Mathieu Bouchard, another senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, to discuss “justice and law enforcement.” December – According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Wilson-Raybould raises the remediation case with Gerald Butts, the prime minister’s principal secretary, and he tells her to talk to Wernick, the Privy Council clerk.

Jan. 14, 2019 – Trudeau shuffles his cabinet after the resignation of Treasury Board president Scott Brison. Wilson-Raybould is moved from Justice to Veterans Affairs, widely seen as a demotion. David Lametti, a Montreal MP and former law professor, becomes justice minister. Wilson-Raybould posts a long letter outlining her record as justice minister and noting a great deal of work remains to be done toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Feb. 7 – Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Trudeau’s aides attempted to press Wilson-Raybould, while attorney general, to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, and that exasperation with her lack of co-operation was one reason for shuffling her out of the justice portfolio. Trudeau denies any impropriety. Wilson-Raybould says solicitor-client privilege prevents her from speaking about dealings she had on the case while attorney general.

Feb. 11 – Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says he’s beginning an investigation. Trudeau says he’s spoken to Wilson-Raybould and confirmed with her that he said any decision on the SNC-Lavalin prosecution was entirely hers. Her continued presence in his cabinet speaks for itself, he says.

Feb. 12 – Wilson-Raybould resigns as veterans-affairs minister and says she’s hired former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on the limits of solicitor-client privilege. Trudeau says he’s surprised and disappointed that Wilson-Raybould has quit, and that if she felt undue pressure in her role as attorney general, she had a duty to report it to him.

Feb. 13 – The House of Commons justice committee debates its own probe of the issue. Liberals use their majority on the committee to call one closed-door meeting and hear from senior officials (Lametti as justice minister, the top bureaucrat in his department, and the Privy Council clerk) who can talk about the tension between the minister of justice’s duties as a politician and his or her responsibilities as attorney general of Canada. The Liberals say this is a first step in a cautious investigation, but the opposition calls it a coverup.

Feb. 15 – Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould asked him in September whether he would direct her one way or another on the SNC-Lavalin question. He says he told her he would not.

Feb. 18 – Butts resigns as Trudeau’s principal secretary. He denies any impropriety but says his presence in the Prime Minister’s Office has become a distraction.

Feb. 19 – Wilson-Raybould stuns observers by attending a meeting of the very cabinet from which she had resigned a week earlier. Trudeau says she had asked to speak there and was invited to do so but cabinet confidentiality means nothing can be revealed about why or what was said. After the meeting, Wilson-Raybould says she is still talking to her lawyer about what she can and can’t say publicly.

Feb. 20 – Trudeau says that while an airing of the facts is needed, he is confident the examinations underway by the ethics commissioner and the justice committee will provide it. The Liberals use their House of Commons majority to defeat an opposition motion calling for a public inquiry into allegations the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Wilson-Raybould.

Feb. 21 – Wernick launches a vigorous defence of the government’s handling of the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, bluntly declaring allegations of political interference to be false and even defamatory. The Privy Council clerk also challenges Wilson-Raybould’s assertion that solicitor-client privilege prevents her from responding to allegations.

Feb. 25 – Trudeau partly waives both solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality for his former attorney general, paving the way for Wilson-Raybould to tell her side of the SNC-Lavalin saga to the justice committee and ethics commissioner. The order specifically notes, however, that she cannot speak publicly about communication she had with Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions.

Feb. 27 – Wilson-Raybould tells the Commons justice committee she came under “consistent and sustained” pressure — including veiled threats — from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Privy Council Office and the finance minister’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau says he rejects her characterization of events. Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign. Singh calls for a public inquiry into the scandal.

Feb. 28 – Butts asks to testify before the justice committee, saying he believes he has evidence that will help the committee get to the bottom of the affair.

Mar. 1 – Trudeau makes longtime MP Lawrence MacAulay his new veterans-affairs minister as part of a minor cabinet shuffle. Marie-Claude Bibeau replaces MacAulay as agriculture minister and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef takes on the additional portfolio of international development. All three express support for Trudeau.

Mar. 2 – Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she will not be seeking re-election in October in her riding of Whitby, Ont. Caesar-Chavannes says her decision is not related to the SNC Lavalin controversy, although she adds she has “tremendous respect” for Wilson-Raybould.

March 4 – Philpott quits cabinet, saying she has lost confidence in the way the government has dealt with the ongoing affair and citing her obligation to defend the cabinet as long as she is a part of it. Trudeau names Carla Qualtrough interim Treasury Board president. At a rally in Toronto, Trudeau says the ongoing affair “has generated an important discussion” about how ministers, staff and officials conduct themselves. “Concerns of this nature,” he says, “must be taken very seriously and I can assure you that I am.”

March 6 – The justice committee plans a meeting, with Butts scheduled to testify in the morning for two hours, and Wernick and the top civil servant at the Justice Department in the afternoon.

January 26 2013

Millions in SNC-Lavalin bribes bought Gadhafi’s playboy son yachts: unsealed RCMP documents

September 18 2013

Canada now dominates World Bank corruption list, thanks to SNC-Lavalin

December 11 2015

SNC-Lavalin makes deal that allows it to bid on federal contracts

April 14 2017

Former SNC executives, businessman acquitted in corruption case

August 24 2017

Former bridge official pleads guilty to taking bribes from SNC-Lavalin

May 15 2018

Bill quietly introduced in federal budget proposes tool to ease corporate crime penalties

October 10 2018

SNC Lavalin stock plunges after federal prosecutors decline to negotiate a deal

December 14 2018

Deferred prosecution agreement not right in SNC-Lavalin case

December 17 2018

Former hospital manager who took $10 million bribe to favour SNC Lavalin bid sentenced to 39 months in prison

January 19 2019

Key figure in illegal election financing scheme quietly pleads guilty

January 25 2019

Millions in SNC-Lavalin bribes bought Gaddafi's playboy son luxury yachts, unsealed RCMP documents allege

February 1 2019

Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleads guilty in bribery case

February 7 2019

PMO pressed Wilson-Raybould to abandon prosecution of SNC-Lavalin; Trudeau denies his office ‘directed’ her

“CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT”: Bombshell Report Alleges Trudeau PMO Tried Forcing Justice Minister To Intervene In Corruption & Fraud Case Against Massive Montreal-Based Construction Company SNC-Lavalin

Trudeau denies report of PMO interference in justice case

Shocker: Why Jody Wilson-Raybould was knifed by Justin Trudeau

Listen Closely: Justin Trudeau’s ‘Denial’ Of Bombshell Corruption Report Has A Big Loophole

Trudeau’s office allegedly pressured Justice Minister to drop case against company with deep Liberal ties

Trudeau denies report his office pressured attorney general to help SNC-Lavalin

Trudeau denies report of PMO interference in justice case

Jody Wilson-Raybould Tried Warning Canadians

Billions at stake for SNC-Lavalin — corruption conviction would bar firm from federal contracts for 10 years

For a commission of inquiry into SNC-Lavalin and the Prime Minister’s Office

February 8 2019

Stephen LeDrew: Meddling in the justice system could be Trudeau's end

John Ivison: The government needs to let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak

Andrew Coyne: Hard to overstate seriousness of SNC-Lavalin allegations

EDITORIAL: Canadians deserve answers on PMO legal interference

Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Listed As Past Donor To Trudeau Foundation

NP View: Trudeau's 'rule of law' lectures to China seem laughable after SNC-Lavalin

A closer look at SNC-Lavalin's sometimes murky past

DISGUSTING: Trudeau PMO Throws Jody Wilson-Raybould Under The Bus, While She’s Legally Prevented From Defending Herself

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father: ‘I think she was kicked in the teeth’

Despite scandals, SNC-Lavalin viewed as crown jewel in Quebec: professor

Rex Murphy: Trudeau sure doesn't sound like he has nothing to hide about SNC-Lavalin

Stephen LeDrew: Meddling in the justice system could be Trudeau's end

February 9 2019

Jody Wilson-Raybould says she's bound by 'solicitor-client privilege,' won't comment on SNC-Lavalin scandal

Jody Wilson-Raybould became thorn in Liberals’ side before SNC-Lavalin case

AG sees no justification for probe of alleged PMO interference in SNC-Lavalin case

BONOKOSKI: Trudeau Liberals deny all meddling, but why wouldn’t they?

Liberals to block opposition attempt to probe SNC-Lavalin affair

AG sees no justification for probe of alleged PMO interference in SNC-Lavalin case

Jody Wilson-Raybould was involved in legal government talks about fate of SNC-Lavalin, sources say

LILLEY: Liberals look to downplay SNC-Lavalin affair

February 10 2019

Scheer demands PM let Wilson-Raybould talk about SNC-Lavalin discussions

SCHEER: What is Trudeau hiding in SNC-Lavalin affair

Andrew Scheer met with SNC-Lavalin chief over criminal charges

LILLEY: Time to call in cops to probe SNC-Lavalin affair

February 11 2019

Trudeau says he has 'confidence' in Wilson-Raybould as ethics commissioner probes PMO over SNC-Lavalin

EDITORIAL: Trudeau conveniently gets out of Dodge

BONOKOSKI: Trudeau boots it out of Ottawa as SNC Lavalin woes build

Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister's Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

Trudeau faces fifth ethics probe involving his cabinet

February 12 2019

Statement from the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville

Canadian minister resigns from Trudeau's cabinet amid scandal

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister, resigns from federal cabinet

FUREY: This SNC-Lavalin mess won't just go away and it can't be left to fester

VIDEO: In Disgusting Spectacle, Justin Trudeau Throws Jody Wilson-Raybould Under The Bus Over And Over Again

First Nation leaders blast Trudeau over reconciliation 'farce' as family rallies around Wilson-Raybould

The damage already done by Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation

February 13 2019

Andrew Coyne: The frightened Liberal rabbits shut down investigation into SNC-Lavalin affair

The incredible miscalculation by Trudeau and co.

EDITORIAL: Liberals make justice committee a farce

New Attorney General David Lametti met with SNC-Lavalin lobbyists in 2017

February 14 2019

PM Trudeau 'surprised and disappointed' by Wilson-Raybould's resignation

Chief: Treatment of Wilson-Raybould could cost Trudeau 'all First Nation votes'

LILLEY: Housefather steps in it

LILLEY: Get the MPs out of the way and call the Mounties

Canada is not the world’s ‘moral leader.’ Just look at our newest scandal.

February 15 2019

Justin Trudeau’s credibility gap on SNC-Lavalin

SNC-LAVALIN SNC-Lavalin received billions in support from federal export agency

Is anyone as stupid as the Liberals think we are?

MacDougall: Why Justin Trudeau will not sacrifice his PMO come hell or SNC-Lavalin

LILLEY: Trudeau spins as he looks for new answers

MALCOLM: Trudeau in full damage control mode over SNC-Lavalin

Conrad Black: The SNC-Lavalin affair is overblown, but the Liberals still bungled it

Wilson-Raybould snubbed Senate committee on corporate corruption bill

TRUDEAU GRILLED: PM blaming Wilson-Raybould for scandal?!

Why Wilson-Raybould Was Right

Rex Murphy: Trudeau's mistreatment of a female Aboriginal minister destroys all his progressive pretensions

The Strange Story Behind the SNC-Lavalin Affair

February 16 2019

LILLEY: Why does Trudeau desperately want to save SNC-Lavalin?

WARREN: The SNC-Lavalin mess is all about Quebec votes

Why Jody Wilson-Raybould was destined to speak truth to power

Veterans’ anger at Trudeau government grows after Wilson-Raybould’s resignation

February 17 2019

‘We need to hear from the attorney general herself’: Navdeep Bains on SNC-Lavalin affair

Jody Wilson-Raybould wasn’t included in senate discussion on remediation agreements

MARIN: Prime Minister's Office turns Canada into a banana republic

Canada’s SNC Lavalin corruption scandal—Should Prime Minister Justin Trudeau go to jail?

Are these the ‘answers’ of a Prime Minister who’s done nothing wrong?

Gerald Butts is trying to be a martyr. Voters are smarter than that

February 19 2019

FATAH: It's not just Butts -- Trudeau should consider stepping down

Andrew Coyne: Wilson-Raybould attends first meeting of cabinet she just left. Was this the deal?

John Ivison: Wilson-Raybould's relationship with cabinet only gets curiouser and curiouser

LILLEY: Wilson-Raybould to speak after making nice with Trudeau

LILLEY: Butts out, scandal and questions linger

Fraud and bribery case thrown out against former SNC-Lavalin executive Stéphane Roy

FATAH: It's not just Butts -- Trudeau should consider stepping down

SNEAKY: Under Intense Pressure From NDP & Conservatives, Justice Committee Will Invite Jody Wilson-Raybould, But Won’t Waive ‘Solicitor-Client Privilege’

February 20 2019

Trudeau spoke to Wilson-Raybould after prosecutors refused SNC-Lavalin deal

BOOM: #LavScam shocker – Trudeau personally implicated in bid to pressure prosecutors

FUREY: The SNC-Lavalin affair a small, but real example of 'democratic backsliding'

February 21 2019 Nelson: Justin Trudeau — Best Actor, for his portrayal of falling from grace

#LavScam lunacy latest: if you are critical of my boss, it will lead to assassinations

In Appalling Rant, Clerk Of The Privy Council Michael Wernick Tries Deflecting From SNC-Lavalin Scandal By Talking About ‘Assassination’

John Ivison: Tough talk from a man with nothing to lose

February 22 2019

BRODBECK: Canada's top bureaucrat made a fool of himself

#LavScam latest: Canada’s top bureaucrat assassinates his reputation – and Trudeau’s, too

FUREY: Integrity of top public servants the latest collateral damage in SNC-Lavalin affair

NP View: Trudeau's SNC-Lavalin defence is awkwardly shaping up to be 'blame her'

Rex Murphy: Trudeau prattles on about SNC-Lavalin ‘jobs’ while ignoring Alberta’s jobless truckers

February 23 2019

UH OH: Trudeau’s Two Most Powerful Aides Were Pressing Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Staff On SNC-Lavalin Months After Decision Had Been Made

How many times did Jody Wilson-Raybould need to say ‘No’?

Watchdog filing ethics complaint against Trudeau for voting against public inquiry

February 24 2019

Ottawa’s review of Integrity Regime rules opens door for SNC-Lavalin

On SNC-Lavalin affair, Carr says ‘reasonableness’ of Canadians will prevail as concerns simmer

February 25 2019

Our energy industry is in crisis, but Trudeau is too busy doing damage control over SNC-Lavalin to act

WATCH: Trudeau Won’t Testify On SNC-Lavalin, But He’ll Talk About The NHL Trade Deadline

February 26 2019

Committee sets time for Wilson-Raybould testimony on SNC-Lavalin controversy

LILLEY: SNC affair is sinking the Good Ship Trudeau

GUNTER: Liberal love for Lavalin is all about Quebec votes

Braid: The Liberals' stunning hypocrisy over SNC-Lavalin and pipelines

Trudeau and SNC-Lavalin: Of Hosts and Parasites

February 27 2019