How is this allowed?
On May 30, 2017, David Lametti was lobbied by SNC-Lavalin.
At the time, Lametti was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of ISED Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
This information is included in a report on the website of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada, and was brought to attention by Ezra Levant on Twitter:
“Trudeau’s new loyalist Justice Minister @DavidLametti had a private meeting with SNC-Lavalin. They lobbied him. Here’s the proof.
How can Lametti now decide NOT to investigate his friends? Like the corrupt PM, Lametti lacks the ethics to recuse himself.”
The website lists the “Responsible Officer who filed this communication report” as Neil Bruce, President & CEO of SNC-Lavalin.
According to the report, here’s what was discussed (most relevant section in bold):
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution
- Federal Budget 2017 — infrastructure funding and renewal, innovation, recommendations to support the manufacturing sector, policy changes related to white collar crime
Policies or Program
- Canadian international development via Global Affairs Canada (GAC) re policies on funding international development projects; on every available occasion advocate GAC to manage more of its own development resources and open more of its projects to untied competitive bidding by private sector firms as is the practice other aid agencies such as UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)
- Efficient approval processes for major energy projects
- Foreign policies as they affect trade; maintaining and increasing diplomatic resources in various foreign markets;
- Immigration policy with respect to improved business travel visa services;
- International development policy with regard to increasing use of Canadians, Canadian expertise and the Canadian private sector
- Policy with respect to Canadian official representation in foreign capitals; concern that with successive GAC reorganizations and budget-cutting that official Canadian representation in key export growth markets will be reduced, undercutting efforts of Canadian firms to grow in these markets.
- Recommendations on Federal policy re nuclear power development in Ontario
- The introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) legislation/regulation/program or policies. DPAs are sentencing agreements negotiated between a prosecution authority and a corporation charged with an offence, usually in the context of white collar crime.
Policies or Program, Regulation
Infrastructure funding at the federal level. New Building Canada Fund. National Infrastructure Component and Provincial/Territorial Infrastructure Component. (PTIC-NRP)
Nuclear Cooperation Agreements governing nuclear power exports to India and other countries with regard to SNC-Lavalin’s ability to provide services in such markets
“Policies related to white collar crime.”
“Deferred Prosecution Agreement.”
Those are the exact things under the microscope right now, and Jody Wilson-Raybould’s refusal to bend to SNC-Lavalin’s demands (and the demands of the Trudeau PMO), is why she is no longer Attorney General.
And now, the new Attorney General, who already seems much more ‘open’ to doing SNC-Lavalin’s bidding, is the same guy who was lobbied by SNC-Lavalin about this very same matter.
This is another example of our staggeringly corrupt political system. When the system is this rigged and screwed up, how can any Canadian be expected to trust the government?
We need answers. The Ethics Commissioner investigating is a good start, but it won’t be enough, since the Ethics Commissioner is basically powerless. We need a full, public inquiry that is independent of government influence.
Anything less is unacceptable.
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