Justin Trudeau can no longer avoid unanswered questions on SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal
July 23, 2019
With Gerald Butts back in Justin Trudeau’s inner circle, the Prime Minister can no longer run and hide from lingering questions regarding the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal.
Gerald Butts was the enforcer behind the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal. Butts misled Canadians during his testimony to the Justice Committee, bullied former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and oversaw the Trudeau government’s scheme to interfere in the criminal trial of the Liberal-connected corporation. Meanwhile, Jody Wilson-Raybould was booted from the Liberal Party for speaking truth to power.
Justin Trudeau puts blind loyalty over ethical behavior. Questions about his corruption scandal remain:
1. Why did Gerald Butts resign from the Prime Minister’s Office? Did he receive any severance? If so, how much? Was he in contact with the PM, PMO or government officials while he was “outside”?
2. What did Jane Philpott mean when she said “I’m not sure that the whole story will ever come out. It is really complex — links between various officials both elected and unelected. Links here are pretty deep. There are things that I heard that won’t come out because of cabinet confidentiality”?
3. Why did the PM refuse to allow any figure bound by cabinet confidence (JWR, Philpott, Butts, Wernick) to speak about any events that occurred after January 14th, 2019?
4. Have assurances been made to SNC-Lavalin that they will receive a deferred prosecution agreement before the election?
In her submission to the Justice Committee, Jody Wilson-Raybould wrote “I did make another decision at this time – that I would immediately resign if the new Attorney General decided to issue a directive in the SNC-Lavalin matter.” Was this why JWR resigned as Veterans Affairs Minister?
5. When the PM fired Jody Wilson-Raybould for the first time on January 7th, 2019, Butts’ notes recorded the PM telling her “after an election, everything is fresh again.” What did that mean?
6. On February 11th, just before the resignation, Butts was with Trudeau in Vancouver. What happened in that meeting?
7. On four occasions, Michael Wernick said that the PM was “in a firm mood” or “in a mood” about the deferred prosecution agreement for SNC-Lavalin. What did that mean?
8. Why did Gerald Butts tell the Justice Committee that “there was no urgency” to his request for JWR’s Chief of Staff to meet with him, when his assistant had sent an email summoning the former Chief of Staff to a meeting at 4:14 PM on December 18th labelled urgent?
9. What firms have been retained, at taxpayer expense, to represent the PM, PMO or others in the SNC-Lavalin Affair and what has the cost been to taxpayers?