A Chronology of The SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould Affair

climate action nowJustin Trudeau holding a Ford Nation rally, I mean, a press conference on climate change while the SNC-Lavalin situation unfolds, in a desperate attempt to change the conversation. You know, because it’s 2019.

Watch what you need to know about the SNC-Lavalin Scandal:

 

*Before going through the entire series of events throughout the scandal, CTV does a very good condensed summary of events that you can check out here*

 

Because there is so much here I won’t be offering my comment on the media I share. I will simply post events and reactions and leave my conclusions for later posts. This will clearly go into the election so I’m going to just treat this as a chronology which I will keep up to date. So feel free to revisit as time goes on to catch up on what’s new as I sift through all the clutter of clickbait and mainstream promotion which is causing a lot of fog and confusion around these important issues. Thanks!

The following is a sequence of events from the initial SNC-Lavalin charges in 2015 to our current day situation surrounding Jody Wilson-Raybould:

 

2015

Feb. 19

The RCMP lays corruption and fraud charges against Montreal-based engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin, over allegations it used bribery to get government business in Libya. SNC-Lavalin says the charges are without merit and stem from “alleged reprehensible deeds by former employees who left the company long ago.” A conviction would bar the company from bidding on Canadian government business, potentially devastating it.

The charges included:

A statement from the RCMP said it had charged SNC-Lavalin, SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc., and SNC-Lavalin International Inc. with offering $47.7 million in bribes to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011.

It also charged the three companies with defrauding Libya of $129.8 million over the same time period. (CanadianLawyerMag.com)

Watch Global News video on the SNC/Libya connection:

Read Former SNC-Lavalin CEO pleads guilty in fraud case

 

Oct. 19 

The Liberals win a federal election, taking power from the Conservatives. Two weeks later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau names Jody Wilson-Raybould minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. She is the first Indigenous person to hold the post, which combines duties as a politician (heading the Department of Justice) and a legal official (overseeing prosecutions).

Watch CBC coverage of the 2015 federal election:

2018

March 27

The Liberals table a budget bill that includes a change to the Criminal Code allowing “remediation agreements,” plea-bargain-like deals between prosecutors and accused corporations in which they can avoid criminal proceedings by making reparations for previous bad behaviour. SNC-Lavalin had lobbied for such a provision in Canadian law.

Watch Pierre Poilievre connect the remediation agreement within the budget bill to the Globe and Mail article alleging the PMO pressured the former Attorney General:

 

Spring

Although the bill has yet to pass, SNC-Lavalin contacts Public Prosecution Service lawyers to ensure they have all relevant information for a possible invitation to negotiate a remediation agreement. During the next three months, in response to requests from prosecutors, SNC-Lavalin provides detailed information it sees as making a strong case for an agreement.

 

Sept. 4

The prosecution service tells SNC-Lavalin in writing it will not invite the firm to negotiate a remediation agreement.

 

Sept. 17

Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould discuss the SNC-Lavalin file. As attorney general, Wilson-Raybould could overrule the prosecution service, directing it to negotiate an agreement with the company. Trudeau later says that Wilson-Raybould asked him if he planned to tell her what to do concerning the prosecution — a conversation that he says ended with him telling her any decision was hers alone.

 

Sept. 18

SNC-Lavalin representatives meet with Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick (Canada’s most senior civil servant) and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to discuss issues including “justice and law enforcement.”

michael wernick

 

Sept. 21

The remediation-agreement provisions come into legal force.

 

Oct. 9

The director of prosecutions confirms again in writing that she will not invite SNC-Lavalin to negotiate a remediation agreement, a decision the company challenges in Federal Court. That challenge is ongoing.

 

Oct. 10

SNC-Lavalin issues a news release saying it strongly disagrees with the director of prosecutions’ position and remains open and committed to negotiating a remediation agreement. SNC-Lavalin shares fall nearly 14 per cent, closing at $44.86 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. That’s the lowest close since March 2, 2016.

 

Oct. 11

SNC-Lavalin meets with Elder Marques, a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, to discuss “justice and law enforcement.”

Elder Marques

 

Nov. 5 and 19

SNC-Lavalin meets with Mathieu Bouchard, a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, to discuss “justice and law enforcement.”

Mathieu Bouchard

 

December

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Wilson-Raybould raises the remediation case with Gerald Butts, the prime minister’s principal secretary, and he tells her to talk to Wernick, the Privy Council clerk.

Gerard Butts

2019

Jan. 14

Trudeau shuffles his cabinet after the resignation of Treasury Board president Scott Brison. Wilson-Raybould is moved from Justice to Veterans Affairs, widely seen as a demotion. David Lametti, a Montreal MP and former law professor, becomes justice minister. Wilson-Raybould posts a long letter outlining her record as justice minister and noting a great deal of work remains to be done toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

David Lametti

 

Feb. 7

Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Trudeau’s aides attempted to press Wilson-Raybould, while attorney general, to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, and that exasperation with her lack of co-operation was one reason for shuffling her out of the justice portfolio. Trudeau denies any impropriety. Citing solicitor-client privilege, Wilson-Raybould refuses to speak about dealings she had on the case when she was attorney general.

Read PMO pressed Wilson-Raybould to abandon prosecution of SNC-Lavalin; Trudeau denies his office ‘directed’ her

Other related articles:

Watch question period in the house of commons:

Watch Brian Lilley cover Trudeau’s denial of justice interference:

Watch Trudeau react to the globe and mail article: 

Watch Evan Solomon featuring Robert Fife’s reaction to Trudeau’s accusation of the Globe and Mail article being false.

 

Feb. 11

Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion says he’s beginning an investigation. At a public appearance in Vancouver, Trudeau says he’s spoken to Wilson-Raybould and confirmed with her that he said any decision on the SNC-Lavalin prosecution was entirely hers. Her continued presence in his cabinet speaks for itself, he says.

Mario Dion

 

Feb. 12

Wilson-Raybould resigns as veterans-affairs minister and says she’s hired former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on the limits of solicitor-client privilege. Trudeau says he’s surprised and disappointed that Wilson-Raybould has quit, and that if she felt undue pressure in her role as attorney general, she had a duty to report it to him.

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation letter

Watch CBC cover Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation letter:

Watch why Jody Wilson-Raybould can’t talk:

Watch Can Trudeau waive solicitor-client privilege in SNC-Lavalin affair:

 

thomas cromwell

Watch Justin Trudeau react to Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation:

(OR) Watch Ezra Levant’s breakdown of Trudeau’s reaction:

Watch Don Martin’s reaction to Wilson-Raybould’s resignation:

 

Feb. 13

The House of Commons justice committee debates its own probe of the issue. Liberals use their majority to call one closed-door meeting and hear from senior officials (Lametti as justice minister, the top bureaucrat in his department, and the clerk of the Privy Council) who can talk about the tension between the minister of justice’s duties as a politician and his or her responsibilities as attorney general of Canada. The Liberals say this is a first step in a cautious investigation, but the opposition calls it a coverup. Behind the scenes liberals engaged in a ‘whisper’ smear campaign against Jody Wilson-Raybould. Although few media outlets report on this beyond Trudeau’s public apology for not doing more to prevent the high school-like bullying of Wilson-Raybould.

Watch Opposition leader Andrew Scheer referring to the closed-door meeting as proof of a cover up:

https://globalnews.ca/video/embed/4938923/

Watch CTV Don Martin’s The Last Word on Wilson-Raybould’s solicitor-client privilege:

Watch Justin Trudeau’s apology to Wilson-Raybould for not condemning the whisper campaign sooner:

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Read The Globe and Mail’s “The shameful mistreatment of Jody Wilson-Raybould on full display”

Read Global News report on ‘racist and sexist’ attacks on Judy Wilson-Raybould amid SNC-Lavalin affair

Read CBC Op-ed co-authored by academics condemning the whisper campaign against Wilson-Raybould by fellow Liberal MPs:

The co-authors on the CBC opinion piece “From star Liberal MP to difficult and incompetent? Really?”

Signed:

Joyce Green, professor of Political Science (University of Regina)
Gina Starblanket, assistant professor of Political Science (University of Calgary)
Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, associate professor of Political Science (University of Victoria)
Renae Watchman, associate professor of English and Indigenous Studies (Mount Royal University)
Sarah Hunt, assistant professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies, and Geography (University of British Columbia)
Lianne Marie Leda Charlie, instructor (Yukon College)
Christine O’Bonsawin, associate professor of History (University of Victoria)
waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, assistant professor of Gender Studies (University of Victoria)
Jeff Corntassel, associate professor of Indigenous Studies (University of Victoria)
Patricia M. Barkaskas, instructor at Peter A. Allard School of Law  (University of British Columbia)
Dallas Hunt, lecturer in Native Studies (University of Manitoba)
Mary-Jane McCallum, professor of History (University of Winnipeg)
Damien Lee, assistant professor of Sociology (Ryerson University)
Chelsea Gabel, assistant professor of Social Sciences (McMaster University)
Tasha Hubbard, associate professor of Native Studies (University of Alberta)
Sarah Nickel, assistant professor of Indigenous Studies (University of Saskatchewan)
Robyn Bourgeois, assistant professor od Women’s and Gender Studies (Brock University)

Watch Conservatives demand apology from B.C. Liberal MP for sexist comment in response to Raybould’s testimony:

https://globalnews.ca/video/embed/5009723/

 

Feb. 15

Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould asked him in September whether he would direct her one way or another on the SNC-Lavalin question. He says he told her he would not.

Watch Trudeau speak to his accounts of events regarding Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin:

 

Feb. 18

Butts resigns as Trudeau’s principal secretary. He denies any impropriety but says his continued presence in the Prime Minister’s Office has become a distraction.

Gerald Butts’ resignation letter

Watch who is Gerald Butts:

Watch Ministers react to the resignation of Gerald Butts:

Watch Scheer & Trudeau’s full exchange on Butts’ resignation:

Watch Thomas Mulcair react to Gerald Butts resignation:

Watch Wilson-Raybould’s father comment on Butts’ resignation:

Related:

 

Feb. 19

Wilson-Raybould stuns observers by attending a meeting of the very cabinet from which she had resigned a week earlier. Trudeau says she had asked to speak there and was invited to do so but cabinet confidentiality means nothing can be revealed about why or what was said. After the meeting, Wilson-Raybould says she is still talking to her lawyer about what she can and can’t say publicly.

Watch Power & Politics covering question period to Butts resignation and cabinet meeting with Wilson-Raybould despite her no longer being a member of the cabinet:

 

Feb. 20

Trudeau says that while an airing of the facts is needed, he is confident the examinations underway by the ethics commissioner and the justice committee will provide it. The Liberals use their House of Commons majority to defeat an opposition motion calling for a public inquiry into allegations the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Wilson-Raybould.

Watch City News cover liberals defeating the motion for a public inquiry:

 

Feb. 21

Wernick launches a vigorous defence of the government’s handling of the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, bluntly declaring allegations of political interference to be false and even defamatory. The Privy Council clerk also challenges Wilson-Raybould’s assertion that solicitor-client privilege prevents her from responding to allegations.

Watch the question period in house of commons held before Wernick’s testimony:

Watch the full testimony and questioning of Michael Wernick before the justice committee:

Watch Power and Politics analyze Wernick’s testimony before the justice committee with several panelists and commentators:

Watch CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon react to Wernick’s testimony:

 

Feb 22

Justin Trudeau travels to Nova Scotia to apologize for alleged racial profiling.

Watch CBC coverage of Trudeau speaking with two black Nova Scotians who claim they were racially profiled while visiting parliament hill:

Watch Don Martin’s Last Word on the SNC-Lavalin situation:

 

Feb. 25

Trudeau partly waives both solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality for his former attorney general, paving the way for Wilson-Raybould to tell her side of the SNC-Lavalin saga to the justice committee and ethics commissioner. The order specifically notes, however, that she cannot speak publicly about communication she had with Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions.

Watch CBC’s Vassy Kapelos breakdown the details surrounding Wilson-Raybould’s upcoming testimony before the justice committee:

 

Feb. 27

Wilson-Raybould tells the justice committee she came under “consistent and sustained” pressure — including veiled threats — from the PMO, the Privy Council Office and Morneau’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau rejects her characterization of events. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for a public inquiry.

Read Wilson-Raybould alleges ‘consistent and sustained’ effort by Trudeau, officials to ‘politically interfere’ in SNC-Lavalin case

Watch question period in house of commons before Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Jody Wilson-Raybould testify and take questions before the justice committee:

Watch Justin Trudeau react to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh react to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Justice Committee members react to Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Power and Politics breakdown Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, featuring David McLaughlin (former chief of staff for David Mulroney), Irwin Cotler (former attorney general) and Peter MacKay (former attorney general):

Watch Evan Solomon table a panel discussion of Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch former judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond react to Wilson-Raybould testimony:

Watch Indigenous Services react to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Bob Fife commentary on the fallout of Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Christie Blatchford react to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father react to her testimony:

Watch Don Martin’s Last Word on SNC-Lavalin and Trudeau’s broken brand:

 

Feb. 28

Butts asks to testify before the justice committee while Trudeau holds press conference to declare Canada will join the Lunar Gateway moon mission.

Watch Question Period in the House of Commons in wake of SNC-Lavalin affair:

Watch CBC cover Trudeau’s Lunar Gateway press conference:

Read Trudeau’s trusted former top adviser Gerald Butts to testify on SNC-Lavalin prosecution

 

March 1

Trudeau makes longtime MP Lawrence MacAulay his new veterans-affairs minister. Marie-Claude Bibeau replaces MacAulay as agriculture minister and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef takes on the additional portfolio of international development. All three express support for Trudeau.

Watch question period:

 

March 3

Jody Wilson-Raybould declares she will run as Liberal in fall federal election for the Vancouver Granville riding.

Watch CBC coverage on Jody Wilson-Raybould’s decision to run as Liberal:

 

March 4

Philpott quits cabinet, saying she has lost confidence in the way the government has dealt with the ongoing affair and citing her obligation to defend the cabinet as long as she is a part of it. Trudeau names Carla Qualtrough interim Treasury Board president. While attending a climate change rally in Toronto amid the SNC-Lavalin scandal, Trudeau says the ongoing affair “has generated an important discussion” about how ministers, staff and officials conduct themselves. “Concerns of this nature,” he says, “must be taken very seriously and I can assure you that I am.”

Watch who is Jane Philpott?

Watch Trudeau’s reaction to Philpott’s resignation:

Watch Power Play speak with Bob Fife on Philpott’s resignation:

Watch Green party leader Elizabeth May react to Wilson-Raybould and Philpott:

Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, reacts to Philpott resignation:

Listen to Newstalk1010 The Rush Round Table discussion over SNC-Lavalin

Listen to Evan Solomon breakdown the significance of Philpott’s resignation

Listen to Moore in the Morning Round Table discussion over SNC-Lavalin

Read Jane Philpott resigns from cabinet: Full statement

Read The Philpott earthquake

 

Watch Trudeau’s climate change press conference at the Danforth Music Hall in full:

 

March 5

Trudeau cancels a trip to Regina to hold emergency cabinet deliberation regarding SNC-Lavalin scandal. Rumours he is considering a message of contrition.

Watch CBC cover trip cancellation over SNC-Lavalin scandal:

Watch David Menzies take a pulse of the public reaction to the SNC-Lavalin scandal outside the Danforth Music hall:

Listen to Mark Towhey deem Jessica Prince hero of the week and Trudeau Stupid of the week

 

March 6

Butts tells the justice committee that Wilson-Raybould never complained about improper pressure to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin until Trudeau decided to move her out of her coveted cabinet role as justice minister and attorney general. Wernick disputes parts of her testimony as well. Drouin provides more details about the timeline.

Watch Bob Fife (Globe and Mail) and Tonda MacCharles (The Toronto Star) speculate on Gerald Butts upcoming testimony:

Watch Power and Politics coverage of Butts’ full testimony and questioning complete with member reactions and commentator reaction:

Watch Andrew Scheer react to Butts’ testimony:

Watch former judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond react to Butts’ testimony: 

Watch Ezra Levant’s commentary on Butts’ testimony:

Watch Ezra Levant compare Trudeau’s Kokanee grope response to Butts’ testimony:

Listen to Newstalk1010’s Evan Solomon discuss Butts’ testimony with Peter MacKay

Listen to Barb Digiulio talk with Lisa Kinsella, political consultant, about Trudeau’s Feminist Brand

Watch Michael Wernick’s full second testimony before the Justice Committee:

Watch CTV’s Power Play panel discuss Wernick’s testimony in SNC-Lavalin scandal:

Watch CTV’s Power Play: The strategy session panel discuss Butts and Wernick testimony:

Watch Don Martin’s Last Word on the SNC-Lavalin situation:

Watch Andrew Lawton’s commentary of Wernick’s testimony:

Watch Andrew Coyne on why Trudeau should appear before the justice committee:

 

March 7

Justin Trudeau holds press conference on SNC-Lavalin situation.

Watch Trudeau’s press conference on the SNC-Lavalin scandal:

Watch Jagmeet Singh react to Trudeau’s press conference:

Watch Andrew Scheer react to Trudeau’s press conference:

Watch Power & Politics analyze Trudeau’s press conference:

Watch Ezra Levant’s commentary on Trudeau’s press conference:

Watch Power & Politics cover Trudeau’s apology for mistreatment of Inuit with tuberculosis:

Listen to Newstalk1010’s The Rush round table discuss the SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Read Trudeau speaks on SNC-Lavalin: A guide to what he said Thursday

Read The 2 minute crisis fix for Trudeau. You’re welcome.

Read Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould, before the fall

Read Michael Wernick’s SNC-Lavalin problem

Read Justin Trudeau’s sorry non-apology

 

March 8

The federal court rules against deferred prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Watch cpac coverage of federal court decision on SNC-Lavalin:

Watch cpac discuss SNC-Lavalin losing court bid to avoid criminal prosecution:

Watch Christie Blatchford commentary of the SNC-Lavalin scandal to date:

Listen to Newstalk1010 The Rush Round Table discuss the SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Listen to Newstalk1010 Spin Doctors discuss the SNC-Lavalin Scandal (part 1)

Listen to Newstalk1010 Spin Doctors discuss the SNC-Lavalin Scandal (part 2)

Read Wernick raised prospect of taking ‘public interest argument’ to director of Public Prosecutions in talks with SNC-Lavalin chief

Read Finally addressing SNC-Lavalin affair, Trudeau seems to be stuck in between old and new politics

Read Trudeau, government officials tried to use legal principle to justify political interference in SNC-Lavalin, former attorneys-general say

Read Recall Jody Wilson-Raybould, opposition MPs will urge after forcing emergency justice committee meeting

Read SNC-Lavalin CEO pushed for meeting with Trudeau over prosecution

Read On SNC-Lavalin, ‘every one of us owns a piece of the truth’

 

 

 

March 9

News breaks of Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes alleging that the Prime Minister met her with hostility when she informed him she would not be running for re-election. The PMO denies the allegation.

Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Celina Caesar-Chavannes 2

Watch CBC cover Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes allege mistreatment:

Watch Wendy Mesley discuss the 2 faces of Justin Trudeau and Caesar-Chavannes:

Read Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes cryptic message

 

March 10

Watch Andrew Scheer discuss the latest in the SNC-Lavalin affair:

Watch Evan Solomon hold a week in review panel discussion around the SNC scandal:

Watch Evan Solomon hold panel on calling back Jody Wilson-Raybould with privilege lifted:

 

March 12

In 1999, Canada signed on to a global anti-bribery convention overseen by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD’s working group on bribery announced on March 11 that it is concerned by the SNC allegations and would monitor the outcome of the various investigations.

 

Watch Power & Politics discuss OECD ‘concerned’ about SNC-Lavalin affair:

Watch OECD chair Drago Kos discuss concerns regarding anti-bribery convention:

Read OECD says potential job losses not a reason to shelve SNC-Lavalin prosecution

Read OECD ‘concerned’ by allegations Trudeau interfered in SNC-Lavalin case

Read OECD anti-bribery officials ‘concerned’ by SNC-Lavalin affair, plan to ‘closely monitor’ case

Read OECD’s statement on SNC-Lavalin is only its second-ever about specific bribery allegations

Read The inconvenient reality: Economic interest has nothing to do with SNC-Lavalin getting a DPA

Read Andrew Scheer’s LavScam fumble

Read The world is watching, Justin Trudeau

Read Does Justin Trudeau know what he’s doing?

 

 

March 13

The Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee shut down opposition parties’ attempt on Wednesday to recall former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould for further testimony about the pressure exerted on her to abandon the fraud and bribery prosecution of engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Half an hour into an emergency meeting of the justice committee, Liberal MPs used their majority to adjourn without holding a vote on whether to recall Ms. Wilson-Raybould, drawing cries of “shame,” “despicable” and “cover-up” from opposition MPs.

Watch Opposition proclaim “cover up” while Liberal majority shuts down emergency meeting:

Watch CBC table panel discussion around SNC-Lavalin situation:

Watch Power & Politics panel Liberals shut down an emergency meeting:

Watch CBC hold SNC-Lavalin Q&A:

Watch Andrew Scheer allege a Liberal cover up around the SNC-Lavalin scandal:

Watch MPs react to the Liberal shutdown of the emergency meeting:

Watch Andrew Lawton discuss the Liberal shutdown of the emergency meeting:

Watch David Menzies drive around Ottawa with the JailTrudeau.com truck and speak with the public about their approval on Trudeau:

Read Liberals quickly shut down debate on recalling Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again

Read Bring back Gerry Butts

 

 

March 17

Watch highlights in question period regarding the budget:

 

March 18

Michael Wernick attends a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday, March 1, 2019. He announced plans to step down as clerk of the Privy Council less than a month later. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Former deputy prime minister, justice minister and attorney general Anne McLellan has been tasked with examining the relationship between the Prime Minister’s Office and the dual role of justice minister and attorney general. She’s due to give Mr. Trudeau her findings by June 30.

wernick statement

Watch highlights from question period:

Watch Tom Mulcair react to Michael Wernick resignation:

Watch Adrian Batra and Lorrie Goldstein react to the cabinet shuffle:

Watch Power & Politics cover cabinet shuffle:

Watch Leo Knight discuss Anne McLellan appointment:

Watch Michelle Rempel discuss Anne McLellan appointment:

Watch CTV covering Michael wernick retirement:

Watch Tom Mulcair on his take over the Michael Wernick retirement:

Read Trudeau appoints Anne McLellan to advise PMO on the role of justice minister, attorney general in cabinet

Read Michael Wernick to quit before the next election: Full text of letter to PM

Read Scott Brison has retired from politics—but politics haven’t retired from him

 

 

March 19

Following five weeks and 13 hours of testimony, behind closed doors Tuesday, The Parliamentary Justice Committee has ended its study on the SNC-Lavalin issue without the further testimony from Jody Wilson-Raybould that opposition MPs had demanded. Citing that the committee has spent enough time on the matter and needs to move on. That the overall coverage on the SNC-Lavalin/Wilson-Raybould situation was “unprecedented”. Although during the closed door meeting Liberals released confidential documents to media which were tweeted out to the public. Later on that day the Liberal government released their federal budget for 2019.

Watch Opposition halt the meeting to confront to confront the media about reporting on confidential documents:

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Watch opposition discuss what went on behind closed-door meeting of the house justice committee:

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Read Liberals drop SNC-Lavalin study at justice committee

Watch opposition accuse Liberals of silencing Jody Wilson-Raybould:

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Watch Andrew Scheer react to the Liberal shutdown of the SNC-Lavalin probe:

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Watch CTV news cover the ending of the SNC-Lavalin probe:

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Watch Federal budget speech 2019:

Watch Andrew Scheer react to the federal budget:

Watch Jagmeet Singh react to the federal budget:

Watch Adrian Batra and Lorrie Goldstein react to the new budget:

Watch CPAC cover Budget 2019:

Watch the True North initiative react to the federal budget:

Watch Financial Post breaking down the 2019 federal budget:

Watch Global News discuss federal budget:

Watch Conservatives shout down finance minister in house budget speech:

Watch Tom Mulcair react to the budget:

Read a federal budget from a government that has abandoned its poetic phase

Read Christie Blatchford: Liberals shut down SNC probe with dazzling duplicity

Read Trudeau will fail at making the SNC-Lavalin affair fade away. We will learn the truth

Read The Liberals just can’t quit the SNC-Lavalin scandal

Read Nothing to see here, says party desperately hiding something

 

March 20

MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits the Liberal Caucus.

Watch Don Martin discuss Mp Caesar-Chavannes resignation:

 

March 21

Macleans publishes an interview with Jane Philpott where she claims “there’s much more to the story that needs to be told”. Also MPs worked through the night to get through 257 separate confidence votes needed thanks to a Conservative filibuster 30-hour voting marathon in the House of Commons over the SNC-Lavalin affair introduced as a protest against the government shutting down its investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Read Maclean’s ‘There’s much more to the story that needs to be told’

Read Jane Philpott speaks: ‘An attempt to shut down the story’

Read Anne McLellan’s appointment: one more bumbling bid to bury the SNC-Lavalin affair

Read What Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott can actually say — and where

Watch Trudeau respond to questions on SNC-Lavalin:

Watch CBC coverage on Wilson-Raybould providing a written statement on the SNC-Lavalin issue:

Watch Power & Politics interview Justice committee chairman Anthony Housefather over written statement by Wilson-Raybould:

Watch Michelle Rempel and Jagmeet Singh on the shut down of the justice committee

Watch Don Martin’s Last Word on Jane Philpott:

Watch BNN Bloomberg interview SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce:

Watch CTV continued coverage and panel discussion of SNC-Lavalin:

Watch Power & Politics on what’s preventing Wilson-Raybould and Philpott from speaking in the commons:

Watch Christie Blatchford on Trudeau needs to let Wilson-Raybould and Philpott speak:

Read Trudeau calls SNC affair a ‘pretty serious difference of opinion’

Read Wilson-Raybould will table more evidence of political meddling in SNC-Lavalin affair

Read Anne McLellan says she’s keeping an open mind as she reviews role of attorney-general, justice minister

Read Politics Briefing: The SNC-Lavalin show goes on as Philpott speaks out

 

March 25

Opposition attempts to open new SNC-Lavalin probe with ethics committee and Liberals once again use their majority to vote down the motion. Jody Wilson-Raybould submits a written statement to the Justice Chair for further review in a plea to allow a second testimony and to reopen the SNC-Lavalin probe.

Watch CityNews report on Wilson-Raybould Submits documents to ethics committee:

https://toronto.citynews.ca/video/iframe/593482582001/SyxzIeNcgb/6018928659001

Watch ethics committee vote down new ethics probe into SNC-Lavalin:

Watch Andrew Scheer on Trudeau’s excuses over SNC-Lavalin “widely debunked”:

Watch SCC pick may have lead to tension between PM and Wilson-Raybould:

Watch Lisa Raitt demands investigation into SCC appointment leaks:

Watch CPAC discuss the Jane Philpott interview:

Watch CPAC discuss SNC-Lavalin scandal’s influence on the 2019 elections:

Watch Evan Solomon on Wilson-Raybould and Philpott should speak in parliament:

Watch Evan Solomon panel discussion on Philpott’s bombshell interview:

Watch opposition call argument against ethics committee probe a “red herring”:

Watch does Wilson-Raybould need an additional waiver to speak?:

Watch Power & Politics cover Liberal blocking of new SNC-Lavalin ethics probe:

Watch Power & Politics discuss ethics committee probe controversy:

 

March 28

Read the transcript of the secretly recorded call between Jody Wilson-Raybould and Michael Wernick

Watch Trudeau discuss “changing processes” in PMO:

Read: COMMENTARY: Justin Trudeau’s handling of the Jody Wilson-Raybould matter likely wouldn’t fly in the corporate world

 

April 2

In a bid to unite the Liberal Party ahead of the 2019 election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ejected Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus for their public dissent over the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Watch Trudeau announce he has kicked Wilson-Raybould and Philpott from party:

 

April 4

Watch Robert Fife on Wilson-Raybould’s demands: ‘What’s wrong with an apology?’:

 

April 7

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says that Prime Minister Trudeau threatened to sue him over his criticisms of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Watch Andrew Scheer explain being threatened by the Prime Minister:

Watch Trudeau answer questions around lawsuit threats to Scheer in scrum:

Watch Question Period with Evan Soloman hold panel with Bob Fife:

 

April 9

Jane Philpott speaks out about how the PM broke party policy by removing her without a caucus vote. 

Watch CTV covering Jane Philpott’s accusation:

 

April 14

Jane Philpott contemplates her political future and contends with accusations of being “attention seeking”.

 

April 24

Jody Wilson-Raybould attacks Liberal’s lack of real progress within the indigenous community.

 

April 30

A confidential document sent to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2016, and obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada, reveals how top officials at SNC-Lavalin were named in a scheme to illegally influence Canadian elections.

 

May 3

Globe and Mail Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife said he was worried for weeks after breaking the SNC-Lavalin story that has rocked the Liberal government, fearing that former cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould would refute his reporting. He spoke to Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos.

 

May 24

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, former Liberal cabinet ministers who resigned over the Liberal government’s SNC-Lavalin controversy, say they will make announcements Monday about their political futures.

Watch Power & Politics discuss political future for Philpott and Wilson-Raybould:

 

May 27

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott declare they will run for re-election in the next federal election as independents.

Watch Wilson-Raybould discuss her running as an independent:

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s riding association members quit Liberals to work for her campaign as an independent.

 

May 29

There is enough evidence against SNC-Lavalin for it to be tried on fraud and bribery charges, a Quebec Court judge has ruled. The engineering giant spent months lobbying Ottawa to avoid a trial, and the case is at the centre of an upheaval for the Trudeau government.

Jody Wilson-Raybould plays a recording of Michael Wernick to the justice committee in an appeal to reopen the SNC probe. The Liberal majority voted down the reopening of the SNC probe despite the new evidence. The media reports on suspicion over Wilson-Raybould’s judgement in conducting an illegal recording, given her status as a lawyer. They do not discuss the things disclosed by Wernick throughout the call which verified all of her testimony and disproved all claims by Trudeau through his various press conferences since the time of the Globe and Mail article. The media narrative then shifts to questions of whether or not Wilson-Raybould and Philpott hurt the Liberal party’s chances of getting re-elected.

 

June 3

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott sit down with Evan Solomon on running as independents in the upcoming Federal election:

June 14

Justin Trudeau sits down with Celine but she will not be returning to the Liberal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch analyst breakdown over Trudeau’s brand post SNC-Lavalin scandal:

The MPs who got the boot or left their caucus over the last four years:

Read The Liberals can’t shut down what they don’t control

Read SNC-Lavalin never claimed jobs were at risk, CEO Neil Bruce says

Read Crimes, deals and fines: A guide to deferred prosecution agreements

Read From the archives: The inside story of SNC-Lavalin’s Gadhafi disaster

Read Justice, jobs and SNC-Lavalin: How much does the engineering giant matter to the economy?

Watch True North debunk Trudeau’s justification for interference:

 

Disclaimer:

The following TVO episode serves as a perfect example of the toxic nature of hyper partisanship. The reason why people use terms like “shill media” is because mainstream media which is supposed to be held to a standard and with at least SOME expectation of non-partisan reporting and reasoned analysis. This episode of the agenda is so disgusting that I do not see how the show can continue with any credibility. As far as I’m concerned I will now be referencing TVO as Canada’s Liberal equivalent to Fox news.

Greg Sorbara, former ontario liberal finance minister actually states, with regard to the SNC-Lavalin scandal, that he ‘can’t see the mischief”. And regarding Ms. Wilson-Raybould “if you don’t like being under undue pressure, don’t take a cabinet seat.” He is well within his right to state such disgusting opinions but having gone almost completely unchallenged and then by Paikin shifting the conversation to the OPP commissioner situation surrounding Doug Ford (where it isn’t a scandal or illegal or immoral to appoint friends with the OPP commissioner, as McGuinty did before him, openly calling his OPP chief his “great friend”) really shows the true hyper-partisan bias of TVO and their producers.

If you are one of these people who discredit Rebel Media as being “stunt journalism” then you must watch this and understand that media plays a role in the discourse of the country. and TVO has made it clear that their role is to influence the province to develop a liberal bias by refusing to hold Liberals to anywhere near the same standard as conservatives. In a time when the province voted overwhelmingly for a conservative government, TVO no longer speaks on behalf of the province. From now on I will be referring to TVO as I refer to CBC, as activist based narrative reporting. TVO should be ashamed to ruin their reputation over cheap partisan bias. It’s a damn shame and I hope Paikin is losing sleep at night for the reputation he’s dragging through the hyper partisan swampy mud. This isn’t news, it’s propaganda and I am only sharing this so you can see exactly what that looks like:

Read Are 9,000 SNC jobs really in peril? A reality check on the job market

Read How Jody Wilson-Raybould could speak her truth, even if Liberals block return to justice committee

Read Did SNC-Lavalin enable Gadhafi’s brutality?

Read The impossible position: Canada’s attorney-general cannot be our justice minister

Read OECD says potential job losses not a reason to shelve SNC-Lavalin prosecution

Read The Globe canvassed all liberal MPs on SNC, here are their responses

Read Indigenous leaders applaud Wilson-Raybould, but stay clear of criticizing Trudeau

Read Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin and Trudeau: What you missed from her bombshell testimony, and what it means

Read What are the PMO and PCO, and what do they do? A guide for the SNC-Lavalin affair

Read SNC-Lavalin, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau’s PMO: The story so far

Read Jody Wilson-Raybould and the paradox of reconciliation in Canada

Read Jody Wilson-Raybould’s accusation goes to the very heart of Canadian justice

Read Trudeau has lost the moral mandate to govern

 

Watch Abacus CEO discuss the impact of the SNC-Lavalin affair on the Trudeau government:

 

Watch Power and Politics visualize key dates and events outlined by Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

 

Watch Steven Ledrew judges Trudeau’s transparency test on SNC-Lavalin:

 

Watch Steven Ledrew argue for why Trudeau should resign over SNC-Lavalin:

 

Watch Lorrie Goldstein scrutinizing Trudeau’s track record to date and handling of SNC-Lavalin affair:

 

Watch: MP Michelle Rempel breakdown the sequence of events from the RCMP charges against SNC-Lavalin to the testimony of Jody Wilson-Raybould:

 

Watch CBC compare Butts’ and Wilson-Raybould’s versions of SNC-Lavalin affair:

 

Watch Andrew Coyne’s reaction to Gerald Butts testimony and the SNC scandal:

 

Watch Jody Wilson-Raybould comment on the Colten Boushie court case (on indigenous relations and the justice system):

 

Watch Trudeau’s year end sit down with Evan Solomon ‘Canadians expect me to stand up for the rules’:

 

Watch Trudeau speak about energy east pipeline July 20, 2015:

 

Watch Christie Blatchford ask why Liberals are so cozy with SNC-Lavalin:

 

Watch BLG perform a body language reading of Trudeau’s response to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

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