What Comes Next?
On February 7, 2019, The Globe and Mail published a report alleging that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, together with his aides and cabinet officers, had attempted to improperly influence former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould in the Canadian Justice Department’s prosecution of Montreal construction firm SNC-Lavalin. SNC-Lavalin is a major company, which employs thousands of workers and reported 10 billion Canadian Dollars in revenue in 2018. The charges against them centered around allegations that they had made numerous bribes to Libyan officials from 2001-2011 in order to secure contracts. Due to these charges, SNC-Lavalin faces a potential ban on bidding on Canadian government contracts for a period of ten years, a major part of SNC’s business. Many have speculated this ban could result in the company relocating out of Canada.
Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity,
Canadian Corruption and the SNC-Lavalin Affair,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/public_integrity/13