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SNC-Lavalin lobbied Liberal-tied ambassador on corruption case, sought help from ex-aides to Chrétien, Mulroney

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The Quebec company had extensive access to government ministers and top staffers, and was the only organization registered to lobby for allowing deferred prosecution agreements for white collar crimes.

From right: Canada's ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, and then-natural resources minister Jim Carr in a meeting with the then-administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt in April 2017. At that point in time, SNC Lavalin had already communicated with Ambassador MacNaughton, a former organizer for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 2015 election campaign, as part of its lobbying effort to secure a deferred prosecution agreement while facing corruption charges. The company would contact Mr. Carr, who is now the trade minister, the month after the photo was taken. Mr. Pruitt would later resign his post amid an ethics scandal. Photograph courtesy of David MacNaughton's Twitter account

Liberal government officials are keeping tight-lipped about their meetings with SNC-Lavalin lobbyists over the past three years, but lobbying records show the company raised “justice”—and likely discussed deferred prosecution agreements—with government insiders regularly as the company sought to avoid prosecution on corruption charges, and brought on a pair of former top aides to Liberal and Conservative prime ministers to help them do it.

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