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The makings of a perfect Canadian political scandal

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The Liberal government’s alleged interference on behalf of SNC-Lavalin is a perfect Canadian political scandal. It combines corruption charges, intrigue and too-big-to-fail implications for one of the country’s biggest companies, all crowned with the storied sense of entitlement of the Liberal Party of Canada.

And as with many such Canuckian political scandals, it involves more than a waft of Quebec favouritism. This episode began last week when the Globe and Mail reported that then Attorney-General Jody Wilson-Raybould had been subject to pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office to grant Quebec-based engineering behemoth SNC-Lavalin a “remediation agreement.”

Such an agreement would effectively see dropped the many corruption-related charges faced by the company stemming from its dealings in Libya. Instead, the company would pay a financial penalty, among other remedial measures, and as a result, be sprung from the judicial purgatory where it now sits.

In any other country, a government thumbing the scales in favour of a large and important company would be considered garden-variety,........

© Montreal Gazette