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Offline Squidward von Squidderson

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Re: Trudeau accused in SNC-Lavalin scandal
« Reply #345 on: February 28, 2019, 11:50:08 am »
I admit I haven't scrolled through all of the JWR testimony (too many Trump distractions just now) but I did read where she said during questioning that there was nothing illegal with what occurred in the case. So that brings us back to appropriate vs inappropriate pressures put on her. If she was reminded that if she didn't intervene to stop the SNC prosecution that the company would likely fail and ~9000 jobs in PQ could be lost, that would be pressure, but not inappropriate both because it's a fact, and it's why the DPA act was enacted in the first place. If she was told if you don't intervene you might find yourself moved out of that chair, I'd say that crosses the line. Do we know if she was threatened in that way yet?

What if she wasn't threatened with it, but they did it when she wouldn't do what they wanted?   It's still inappropriate.  The next Minister that comes along now knows when the PM asks you to intervene on behalf of a company in a criminal matter, then you do it or you'll be relegated to something less relevant. 

If what the PMO did here isn't inappropriate influence, then there is nothing they could do that is inappropriate.  This was a criminal matter and the PMO wanted their pet company to walk away with no punishment.  Rigging the justice system in favour of your influential friends is not what we normally should do.
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