SNC-Lavalin and the PMO: A timeline
|CTVnews 13 Feb 2019 at 10:06|
Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus cabinet and is seeking legal counsel about whether she can speak publicly about the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
Heres a timeline of events relating to the allegations involving the company for its work in Libya and current efforts for remediation in Canada:
April 2012 . An affidavit used to obtain a search warrant said police were looking for information relating to millions of dollars in kickbacks allegedly paid to Saadi Gadhafi, the son of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
February 2013 SNC-Lavalin announces it has hired a former Siemens executive as its chief compliance officer to guide the company on ethics and matters of corporate governance.
April 2013 The World Bank Group announces the 10-year debarment of SNC-Lavalin Inc., along with 115 affiliates, following two investigations into allegations of bribery in Bangladesh and Cambodia. The debarment, which prohibits the company and affiliates from bidding on World Bank projects, is part of a negotiated resolution agreement between SNC-Lavalin and the World Bank Group.
May 2013 SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it is making a limited-time within its workforce.
September 2013 SNC-Lavalins chief compliance officer says the company is working hard to become an ethical benchmark for its industry by correcting the problems that have damaged the engineering firms reputation over the past 18 months. We are well on our way and my perception is that our people, our employees, our executives completely understand what is required, Andreas Pohlmann said after addressing a fraud conference in Montreal.
February 2014 SNC-Lavalin hires a senior executive from Dow Chemical Co. to oversee the companys governance, ethics and compliance efforts. David Wilkins becomes SNCs chief compliance officer reporting to the president. The company hired Wilkins to deal with the fallout from allegations of corruption levelled at certain former senior executives of the engineering and construction giant.
August 2014 with Swiss authorities on charges stemming from allegations of money laundering, fraud and corruption involving the engineering giants business in Libya under the Gadhafi regime.
February 2015 The RCMP announces it is laying charges against SNC-Lavalin and two of its subsidiaries for allegedly paying nearly $48 million to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to influence government decisions.
May 2015 SNC-Lavalins new CEO Neil Bruce says he wants the outside the court system, and that the corruption charges levelled against the company have nothing to do with its current workforce. With the great strides we have made in our goal to be both a Quebec and Canadian player on the global stage, nevertheless we still have to deal with the reality of the current business environment in Canada which presents real challenges to a company like ours," he tells the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.
September 2017 Ottawa begins public consultations on possible better ways to tackle corporate wrongdoing. One of the potential options is a deferred prosecution agreement regime , which SNC-Lavalin has been calling for. It would suspend criminal prosecution in exchange for admitting wrongdoing and the payment of fines.
February 2018 The federal government says it will , also known as remediation, which is later outlined in a budget implementation bill that receives royal assent on June 21, 2018. Such remediation would need approval from the Attorney General.
October 2018 SNC-Lavalin says federal prosecutors will not allow remediation for the corruption charges relating to business in Libya between 2001 and 2011.
January 2019 Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is shuffled to Veterans Affairs . She is replaced by Montreal MP David Lametti.
February 2019 The Globe and Mail reports that the Prime Minister s Office to ask prosecutors to make a deal to pursue a remediation agreement rather than a criminal prosecution in the corruption and fraud case against the Quebec-based engineering and construction company. CTV News has not independently verified the story. Wilson-Raybould says she cannot discuss the matter, citing solicitor-client privilege.
Feb. 11, 2019 The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner announces an investigation of the allegations and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he welcomes the probe .
Feb. 12, 2019 and seeks legal counsel on whether she can speak publicly about the SNC-Lavalin scandal. In her resignation letter, she thanks her constituents but makes no mention of Trudeau, who says he is surprised and disappointed by Wilson-Rayboulds decision to step down.