FACT CHECK: Justin Trudeau was not standing up for jobs in the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal
August 15, 2019
Justin Trudeau has repeatedly said that he will not apologize
for the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal, because he was standing up for jobs.
This is not true. Justin Trudeau promised to be honest with Canadians and to do politics differently, but clearly he is not as advertised.
The Ethics Commissioner clearly articulated that Justin Trudeau inappropriately put political pressure on the Attorney General in order to suit the political self-interests of the Liberal Party.
The Ethics Commissioner found that “on at least four separate occasions” private political interests were raised with Jody Wilson-Raybould.
Jody Wilson-Raybould testified to the Justice Committee that Justin Trudeau wanted a DPA because “I am an MP in Quebec – the member for Papineau.”
Jody Wilson-Raybould testified to the Justice Committee that a senior Trudeau Liberal staffer said: “if six months from the election SNC announces they’re moving their headquarters out of Canada, that is bad. He said, “We can have the best policy in the world but we need to get re-elected.””
It has also been alleged that a number of senior Trudeau Liberals repeatedly raised the prospect of the 2018 Quebec provincial election.
The Ethics Commissioner asked Bill Morneau whether he had done any sort of study or analysis into SNC-Lavalin failing to secure an agreement, and he said no.
The then CEO of SNC-Lavalin has said he never brought up potential job losses as a result of failing to secure an agreement with the Prime Minister.
One of Justin Trudeau’s first orders of business after becoming Prime Minister was to try and cancel a shipbuilding contract with Davie. Davie has said that 400 Quebec jobs were on the line if the project was delayed.