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What if SNC-Lavalin were based in Toronto?

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For a Québécois, the SNC-Lavalin-Trudeau-government debacle is especially painful to watch. I can’t help but wonder whether English Canada’s punditocracy would be as indignant if the prime minister’s office had seemingly been trying to save a Toronto- or Calgary-based multinational corporation instead of a Quebec one.

SNC-Lavalin is Canada’s largest engineering firm. Not just Quebec’s.

I hate having to raise that kind of question, but it must be raised to ensure we get to the right place concerning the long-term fate of SNC-Lavalin. Especially since we’ll probably never know why then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould did not agree to using a “remediation agreement” to deal with the problem, a perfectly legal means of protecting companies that have erred in major ways and yet do not deserve to die.

Did SNC-Lavalin commit illegal acts? Whatever it did in the past concerning the MUHC hospital contract or Libya, it has since turned the page. It is now being run by different people. The company has been restructured under a new CEO,........

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