SNC-Lavalin To Face Trial
CBJ — A Quebec judge has ruled that SNC-Lavalin Group must stand trial on charges of fraud and corruption.
The problems began for the Montreal-based engineering and construction firm last year when it failed to secure a deferred prosecution agreement, which could have resulted in paying a large fine rather than face criminal prosecution.
SNC-Lavalin has found itself in the centre of a political controversy following accusations from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that top government officials pressured her to overrule federal prosecutors, who had opted not to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the company. Wilson-Raybould claims she was pressured; the office of the Prime Minister says she was not. Regardless, Wilson-Raybould was told she had to leave the Liberal caucus, along with Jane Philpott. Both women have stated they will run as independents in October’s federal election.