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This is how the SNC-Lavalin uproar must end

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19.02.2019

How is the SNC-Lavalin affair going to end for Justin Trudeau's Liberals?

In a word, badly.

It is bad enough already and will only get worse before it gets better — if it does. It has already cost the prime minister a highly prized cabinet minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, his former minister of justice and attorney general. It has cost him dearly in credibility as some of his core commitments — to transparency in government, to reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians, to the rule of law in the political cauldron of Ottawa, and even to gender equality — are now in question. And yesterday it cost him his principal secretary (and close friend) Gerald Butts.

To add pain to his plight, he is being lashed daily in the Commons by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who sees SNC-Lavalin as his lucky lottery ticket to 24 Sussex Drive in October.

It did not have to unfold this way, and it would not have, if the prime minister and his key advisers had faced the SNC-Lavalin issue six months ago — before Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions in the Justice........

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