This will certainly raise serious concerns among Conservative voters.
A new report by Macleans reveals that a top Peter MacKay ally was involved in lobbying the Trudeau Liberals on behalf of SNC-Lavalin:
“The strategist who has been working for decades to make Peter MacKay the prime minister is one of the high-powered lobbyists who tried to convince the Trudeau government to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal trial for bribing corrupt officials in Libya.
William Pristanski, a well-connected former senior aide to Brian Mulroney, is raising money and offering strategic advice on MacKay’s campaign to succeed Andrew Scheer as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.”
The report notes Pristanski had served as the executive assistant to Brian Mulroney.
Later, Pristanski registered as a lobbyist on behalf of SNC-Lavalin:
“In April 2017, Hartley registered to lobby on behalf of SNC-Lavalin with the federal lobbying commissioner, as required by law. A month later, Pristanski followed suit. Pristanski registered to push the government for “policy changes related to white collar crime,” specifically deferred prosecution agreements.
The two men were part of the successful lobbying blitz that SNC Lavalin undertook to convince the Trudeau government to write legislation that would create a path for companies to avoid criminal conviction for their crimes through deferred prosecution agreements, an alternative already in place in many other countries.”
As you read this you can already feel what could happen here:
Any high-ground the Conservatives have on ethics could be lost, and many will see the party as simply part of the same elitist system that shuts out regular Canadians, and does the bidding of a small out-of-touch elite.
SNC-Lavalin had the power to re-write the rules when they got in trouble, while the rest of us are told the law applies to us and can’t be changed. If the Conservatives are seen as being on the side of the elites instead of the People, they will lose again.
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