A lot has been said in public about the SNC-Lavalin scandal lately, and many Canadians are confused. To make things worse, the message from the Trudeau government has helped make this issue more confusing than it is.
First, it’s a good to strip away all the slick political messaging and give a summary of the scandal. Essentially, Prime Minister Trudeau is accused of bending the rules to help a company who has illegally given a huge amount of donations to the Liberals in the past. This company, SNC-Lavalin, was in court for bribing Libyan dictator Gaddafi, and Trudeau pressured Jody Wilson Raybould, Canada’s then Attorney General, to drop the charges through an iffy legal instrument that the Liberals recently passed, called a DPA – DPAs or deferred prosecution agreements allow companies to make deals with the government to avoid conviction. When she refused to drop the charges, she was fired by Trudeau as Attorney General. And most recently, MP Wilson Raybould, along with MP Jane Philpott, was kicked out of the Liberal Caucus for not being a “team player.”
So why should you care? Well, there are a few reasons. First, you should care because if we, as Canadians, allow this to happen, then we are saying that all people in Canada are not equal before the law. It means that the rich and politically connected get special treatment and bend the rules when they’re in trouble, while the rest of us have no choice.
Secondly, you should care because the Prime Minister lied. He lied over and over again to Canadians, and then tried to cover it up when he got caught. We know he lied because Jody Wilson Raybould recorded her conversations with Trudeau’s office. She has the receipts, and they tell us that Trudeau lied.
But most importantly, you should care about SNC-Lavalin because if we don’t then we get the governments we deserve. If we see Trudeau do this and just shrug, then we’re telling all politicians that Canadians just don’t care, that we deserve bad governments and lying politicians. We’re telling them all that we deserve to be lied to, that we deserve to live in a country where the rich get away with their crimes while the rest of us have to play by their rules, that we don’t deserve politicians who have integrity.
I don’t know about you, but I think Canada deserves more than that. We deserve politicians that are afraid to lie to us. We deserve a country where the rich have to play by the same rules as the rest of us. We deserve good governments. If you agree, then you should care about SNC-Lavalin.