But while all this line-testing, story-straightening and general dodging about was going on in public, the prime minister’s people were speaking quite freely — off the record. Let’s be clear: this would not be an issue if the corporation employed nine people, rather than nine thousand. Charged with fraud and corruption, SNC-Lavalin reacted, not by fighting it in court, but by lobbying politicians and their staffI don’t want to be too firm on this point. The only reason the provision is on the books in Canada is because of a concerted public relations campaign on the part of SNC-Lavalin. Whether or not the line was crossed into “pressure,” the alleged conversation was not with her fellow ministers — her equals — but with political staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, the most powerful people in the country.
Source: National Post February 12, 2019 01:07 UTC