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View Erin Weir Profile
Thanks very much.
Since we seem to have entered a bit of a broader discussion of the SNC-Lavalin case, I just want to make the point that I think it would have been far preferable had there been a more robust investigation and prosecution of the specific executives involved in alleged wrongdoing, rather than being left in this scenario of prosecuting the company as a whole, which inevitably will have negative consequences for people who had no involvement at all in the wrongdoing.
Whether or not members of the committee believe the figure of 9,000 jobs, I don't think anyone would dispute that going after the company as a whole is going to have negative consequences for a lot of people who are totally blameless in this thing. I do think one of the key take-aways from the SNC-Lavalin controversy is that we should have much more effective prosecution of the individual corporate executives who are involved in wrongdoing, rather than relying on the legal fiction of corporate personhood to prosecute whole enterprises.
Thank you.
View David Lametti Profile
Lib. (QC)
As you know and as I've said many times in the House of Commons and in other public fora, including in front of the press, I make no comment on anything with respect to that file. Anything that I can or might say might have an impact on ongoing litigation. Therefore, I'm very careful in that regard. Thank you.
View Gérard Deltell Profile
This is precisely what caused the SNC-Lavalin scandal, sir; the infiltration of partisan politics into the judicial process.
View David Lametti Profile
Lib. (QC)
In my case, it's not a matter of politics. I do so out of respect for the courts as Minister of Justice. Not wanting to have an influence on trials is a form of privilege. It is very important for me, in my role, to protect the judicial system.
View David Lametti Profile
Lib. (QC)
I did what I had to do as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to protect the justice system and respect the role of the courts.
View Guy Caron Profile
Thank you.
The motion is as follows:
That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development undertake a study of the implications of the OECD monitoring of the SNC-Lavalin affair on the perception of Canada abroad, in order to determine whether this monitoring exercise could have an impact on Canada's reputation and whether, in the long term, Canada's diplomatic relations with its partners may be affected; and, that the Committee report its findings to the House.
I'll justify the motion.
In the wake of the SNC-Lavalin affair, the OECD Working Group on Bribery has stated that it plans to actively monitor Canada's implementation of the OECD anti-bribery provisions in this case. The case is ongoing, given that the OECD will continue to monitor the situation whether SNC-Lavalin faces legal action or whether a remediation agreement is reached between the two parties.
In my opinion, this is a troubling situation that should be monitored by the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, simply because the situation is a first for the OECD Working Group on Bribery. The chair, Drago Kos, has already been interviewed a number of times by the Canadian media on the issue. While the outcome of the monitoring is unknown, the fact remains that it will affect the perception of Canada abroad.
The committee should hold at least one meeting on the subject to learn about the OECD's view of the issue, particularly the view of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, and to prepare the government for the potential implications of this type of public monitoring by an organization of which Canada is a founding member.
I wouldn't characterize the Canadian government's response as inappropriate, but it was quite weak. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs simply said that Canada was one of the founding countries of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, but he didn't necessarily speak about the ramifications of the monitoring.
As a committee, we must forge ahead and complete this work by the end of the session and before the upcoming election. The OECD group will continue its work after the upcoming election campaign. We must prepare the next Parliament for this situation, which isn't necessarily good for Canada.
We should vote in favour of the motion so that the committee can undertake a study of the implications of this monitoring by the OECD Working Group on Bribery.
View Steven Blaney Profile
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Caron has introduced an extremely worthwhile motion. I have here an excerpt from a Chilean newspaper, La Tercera. A headline in the newspaper states “Trudeau intenta defenderse en el caso que derribó su imagen en Canadá.”
I speak basic Spanish. However, I can see that, even in Chile, people are concerned that Mr. Trudeau's actions will destroy Canada's reputation. The country is at the far end of the southern hemisphere, and Canada is in the news, but not for the right reasons.
People often said that Canada was back. However, this time, the issue concerns everything that we don't want for Canada. In the SNC-Lavalin affair, the reputation of the engineering firm was at stake. Now the issue is more serious. Canada's reputation is at stake.
I support this motion because we must study the issue here in the committee to ensure that the Canadian government takes action to prevent damage to Canada's reputation.
View Frank Baylis Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Chair, I just want to reflect on what was said here.
The OECD produces a report. It has an annual global anti-corruption and integrity forum that produces a report every year. They do a very in-depth study on this. To Mr. O'Toole's point that they don't have the resources and we have more, I would seriously question him on that. They just produced a report, a 224-page report, laying out.... How many companies did they look at? There were 890 companies, of which 695 got deferred prosecution agreement settlements. His position that we have more resources or that we know more than they do holds no water whatsoever. Out of those 890 companies that were looked at, three of them were Canadian.
Yes, it is important that we keep Canadians' reputation clean, but for me, if there have been 890 and three of them are Canadian, I'm not so worried about it. I don't think we need to do this. I'd let the OECD do its job. I think it's doing that very well.
View François-Philippe Champagne Profile
Lib. (QC)
I come from Shawinigan. I just want to state that for the record, for those who are watching us.
Indeed, this is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America, so I did call the CEO of SNC-Lavalin. I called the CEO of Dragados. I called the CEO of Arup. I called the CEOs of all major partners in both the Gordie Howe International Bridge and the new Samuel de Champlain Bridge.
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