Does Canada operate under the ‘rule of law’ or under the ‘rule of Trudeau’ and political expediency? As Canadians find themselves drowning in details about the scandal involving Quebec construction giant SNC-Lavalin, the correct answer to that question may depend on the greater story that has yet to be seen in its full context.
Most people quite correctly understand that the controversy involves alleged political interference and obstruction of justice by the Prime Minister’s office concerning a criminal prosecution case against SNC-Lavalin. But few seem aware of the original circumstances that led to the decision to prosecute the company against the wishes of Prime Minister Trudeau in the first place.
It appears that many have come to cynically conclude it’s just another ‘business-as-usual’ case of bribery and corruption so often encountered when dealing with totalitarian regimes. (In this case, the totalitarian regime in question was the country of Libya during the final days of the period when Muammar Gaddafi was its president.) Not so, says Dr Salim Mansur, professor emeritus, faculty of social science at Western University.
Salim joins us to connect the dots between the original circumstances that precipitated the whole scandal and the current internal scandals now plaguing the Prime Minister’s office. It’s beginning to appear that what we think we know about the whole SNC-Lavalin affair may well be just the tip of a huge political iceberg that concerns far more than bribery or even obstruction of justice.
The only way to know for sure, suggests Salim, is to allow the case to be taken into a court of law where the whole story can unfold in a way that’s Just Right.