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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 08:58 PM

Criminal law at core of SNC-Lavalin affair rarely appears in Canadian courts

Criminal law at core of SNC-Lavalin affair rarely appears in Canadian courts





Canada is committed to fighting corruption and has taken significant steps to deter Canadian companies and persons from paying bribes to foreign public officials in the course of business,” he said.

Harrington, however, said a review of the law is needed given the confusion around the use of the law and the addition of remediation agreements to that law last year. They’re a means of heading off a prosecution if a company facing charges owns up to misdeeds, makes reparations, and institutes consequential internal reforms. If it stays clean for a period of time, the charges are dropped.

“The problem we have, as we’re seeing with the SNC-Lavalin case, is we have this 20-year old piece of legislation and last year the government bolted on the remediation agreements, and now we’re not sure how they work together,” she said.


Maybe if OECD countries make the fines 50% of the worth of the contract that was corrupted it would work better as a deterrance.


First Nations leaders praise Wilson-Raybould but don't take sides against Trudeau

The Canadian Press



"We want to thank Jody Wilson-Raybould for her courage and strength to stand up for what was right," said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. "As a First Nations woman, she displayed nothing but professionalism, integrity and most of all truth in her testimony yesterday."

His statements were supportive, but did not weigh in on the substance of Wilson-Raybould's testimony.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations said he was "elated" to watch Wilson-Raybould sworn into cabinet in 2015 and felt her testimony Wednesday was a show of integrity, strength and courage.


He, too, sidestepped commenting on the actions of the Trudeau government, saying only that he liked her suggestion that Parliament should review the notion of splitting the role of attorney general from the justice portfolio, as is done in Britain.

"Something good can come out of this, because we continually look for processes that unite rather than divide. We need to look at ways to build a better country for all that respects the rule of law, not only common law and civil law, but one day natural law, Indigenous law as well."

Meanwhile, Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council, took issue with the notion that just because Wilson-Raybould is an Indigenous woman that the SNC-Lavalin affair has become an Indigenous issue or one affecting the Trudeau government's Indigenous agenda.

Chartier said Indigenous leaders are focused on working toward reconciliation through measures such as new legislation to revitalize Indigenous languages and to keep Indigenous children out of foster care.

He went a step further and expressed support for the work done by the Trudeau government on reconciliation already.


I too don't want to see a permanent divide in the liberals. There are ways to fix the system so this doesn't happen again and ruin the Liberals chances at continued governance and reform. I am with these indigenous leaders.

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