SNC-Lavalin : the government Legault has no intention of putting pressure on the DPCP

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QUEBEC – prime minister François Legault has no intention of putting pressure on the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP) to avoid a criminal trial at the firm SNC-Lavalin, although it has tried to influence the Trudeau government at the federal level.

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According to the daily newspaper “La Presse”, the DPCP may face criminal charges in Quebec against SNC-Lavalin, even if the company came to an agreement out of court with the federal Crown.

“We are not involved and will not become involved,” replied Mr. Legault, on Tuesday, when asked about the possible influences that could put his government on the DPCP.

Yet, last Friday, Mr. Legault had urged its federal counterpart to enter into an agreement with SNC-Lavalin to avoid a long trial.

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“SNC-Lavalin is willing to put a lot of money to settle out of court, so I think it is the responsibility of the federal government to try to resolve this issue-there,” he said.

Health of the company

For his part, the minister of the Economy Pierre Fitzgibbon said he did not have the intention of interfering in the criminal cases that affect SNC-Lavalin or to intervene with the minister of Justice, Sonia LeBel.

“One thing is clear: I will not go, me, as minister of the Economy, interfere with what Ms. LeBel and her people are going to do,” said the minister.

“The role of government is to see what we can do, if it is necessary to do something […] For the moment, this is not required. On the legal side, it is necessary to remain outside it,” he mentioned.

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The minister stressed, however, that he wants to see SNC-Lavalin “in health care, in an environment where it can operate”. It ensures, moreover, be in contact with the firm.

Recall that in Ottawa, the Trudeau government is in trouble since the newspaper’s toronto “Globe and Mail” revealed that the ex-canadian minister of Justice Wilson-Raybould had been pressured by the office of the prime minister to enter into an agreement that would allow SNC-Lavalin to avoid a criminal trial for corruption.

Already dismissed from his duties as minister of Justice last January, Ms. Wilson-Raybould has resigned Tuesday from his post of minister of Veterans affairs.