OTTAWA — A chronology of the SNC-Lavalin controversy, based on public paperwork, stories and testimony to the Home of Commons justice committee:
Feb. 19, 2015 – The RCMP lays corruption and fraud costs towards Montreal-based engineering and development agency SNC-Lavalin, over enterprise dealings in Libya. SNC-Lavalin says the fees are with out benefit and the allegations are linked to folks now not with the corporate. A conviction might bar the corporate from bidding on federal contracts for as much as 10 years.
Oct. 19 – The Liberals win a federal election. Two weeks later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau names Jody Wilson-Raybould minister of justice and lawyer common of Canada. She is the primary Indigenous particular person to carry the put up.
March 27, 2018 – The Liberals desk a funds invoice permitting for “remediation agreements,” plea-bargain-like offers for firms to keep away from legal proceedings by making reparations for unhealthy behaviour. SNC-Lavalin lobbied for such a provision in Canadian legislation.
Sept. four – The Public Prosecution Service rejects SNC-Lavalin’s request to barter a remediation settlement. Wilson-Raybould is advised in regards to the choice. No public announcement is made.
Sept. 5 – Justice Division deputy minister Nathalie Drouin speaks with Wilson-Raybould in regards to the choice and agrees to supply the minister with recommendation on the powers of the lawyer common round remediation agreements, which the division does three days later.
Sept. 6 – Finance Minister Invoice Morneau’s chief of workers, Ben Chin, warns his counterpart in Wilson-Raybould’s workplace, Jessica Prince, of job losses throughout a Quebec provincial election absent a deal for SNC-Lavalin.
Sept. 12 – Finance Division officers inform Drouin that SNC-Lavalin is in discussions with the prosecution service a couple of remediation deal, suggesting to Drouin the choice to not pursue a deal isn’t set in stone.
Sept. 16 – PMO officers inform Prince the Crown prosecutor desires to barter an settlement, not like the director of prosecutions, and counsel an answer earlier than the corporate’s board meets in 4 days.
Sept. 17 – Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould talk about SNC-Lavalin. Wilson-Raybould says Trudeau asks her to “discover a answer” for SNC-Lavalin to keep away from job losses, talks in regards to the Quebec election and notes he’s a Quebec MP. She stated she requested him if he was interfering politically in her position as attorney-general and he stated no.
Trudeau later says mentioning he was a Quebec MP was not in a partisan context, including it’s as much as MPs to advocate for his or her constituents, and that concern for job losses in Quebec and elsewhere have been high of his thoughts. He says he requested Wilson-Raybould to rethink her choice and he or she agreed.
Sept. 18 – Drouin meets with Wilson-Raybould to debrief in regards to the assembly with Trudeau, and Wilson-Raybould expresses unease with the content material of the dialog.
Sept. 19 – Wilson-Raybould tells Drouin at a gathering it will likely be the final time the 2 talk about the SNC-Lavalin case, and instructs the deputy minister to not discuss with the director of prosecutions.
Sept. 21 – The remediation-agreement provisions come into pressure.
Oct. 9 – The prosecution service confirms it is not going to negotiate an settlement with SNC-Lavalin. The corporate challenges the choice in Federal Court docket.
Oct. 15 – Wernick takes a name from Kevin Lynch, the chairman of the board of SNC-Lavalin and a former clerk of the Privy Council. Lynch asks a couple of remediation settlement and what may be accomplished. He tells Lynch the choice is as much as Wilson-Raybould.
The president of the corporate sends Trudeau a letter outlining SNC-Lavalin’s issues in regards to the implications of a conviction and asks for a gathering.
Oct. 26 – PMO official Mathieu Bouchard muses to Prince about getting outdoors authorized recommendation on a deal for SNC-Lavalin. Wilson-Raybould later says Bouchard additionally introduced up the necessity for the Liberals to get re-elected in 2019.
Dec. 5 – Wilson-Raybould and Gerry Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary, meet for dinner on the Chateau Laurier. SNC-Lavalin is mentioned, however the two later give differing accounts of the tone of the dialog.
Dec. 18 – Prince meets with Butts and Katie Telford, Trudeau’s chief of workers. Afterwards, Prince texts Wilson-Raybould, citing Butts as saying, “there isn’t any answer right here that doesn’t contain some interference” after being advised what’s being proposed is political interference in a prosecution. She cites Telford as saying “we don’t wish to debate legalities anymore.”
Butts later tells the justice committee that he didn’t — or wouldn’t — have used the phrase “answer” and denies something nefarious in his feedback. The purpose of the assembly, and something stated, was about getting a second opinion from somebody like a former Supreme Court docket justice as a result of the legislation had by no means been utilized in Canada earlier than.
Dec. 19 – In response to Wilson-Raybould, Wernick warns her she is on a collision course with Trudeau, who desires to get a deal accomplished. Wernick later testifies he doesn’t recall saying that.
Jan. 6, 2019 – Trudeau talks with Jane Philpott about turning into Treasury Board president and having her assist persuade Wilson-Raybould to take over Indigenous Providers. Trudeau later says Philpott asks him if the transfer is said to SNC-Lavalin, which he denies.
Jan. 7 – Trudeau tells Wilson-Raybould she is being shuffled out of the justice portfolio. Wilson-Raybould says the PMO denies the transfer is over the SNC-Lavalin file. Butts testified Wilson-Raybould refused Indigenous companies, citing her opposition to the Indian Act.
Jan. 14 – Trudeau shuffles his cupboard. David Lametti, a Montreal MP and former legislation professor, turns into justice minister. Wilson-Raybould turns into veterans-affairs minister.
Feb. 7 – Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper stories that Trudeau’s aides pressed Wilson-Raybould to intervene within the SNC-Lavalin case. Trudeau calls the allegations false.
Feb. 11 – Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould’s continued presence in cupboard speaks for itself and that he advised her any choice on SNC-Lavalin was hers alone. In the meantime, ethics commissioner Mario Dion launches an investigation.
Feb. 12 – Wilson-Raybould resigns from cupboard. Trudeau says she had an obligation to inform him about any undue strain utilized to her in her position as lawyer common.
The identical day, Oshawa, Ont., Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes tells Trudeau she gained’t search re-election. Trudeau’s workplace later says it was an “emotional” dialog; Caesar-Chavannes claims he yelled at her by the cellphone. The main points emerge later as Caesar-Chavannes turns into publicly vital of Trudeau, and extra supportive of Wilson-Raybould.
Feb. 13 – The Home of Commons justice committee debates its personal probe. Liberals use their majority to push for a slim listening to that doesn’t embody Wilson-Raybould.
Feb. 15 – Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould requested him in September whether or not he would direct her on SNC-Lavalin. He says he advised her he wouldn’t.
Feb. 18 – Butts resigns. He denies any impropriety, however says his presence within the PMO has turn into a distraction.
Feb. 19 – Wilson-Raybould addresses a cupboard assembly. Cupboard confidentiality means nothing may be revealed about what was stated or why.
Feb. 20 – Trudeau says he’s assured probes by Dion and the justice committee will present an airing of the details. The Liberals use their majority to defeat an opposition movement calling for a public inquiry.
Feb. 21 – Showing earlier than the justice committee, Wernick calls allegations of political interference false and even defamatory and says none of his conversations crossed any strains.
Feb. 25 – Trudeau partly waives solicitor-client privilege and cupboard confidentiality so Wilson-Raybould can converse publicly, however not about communication with Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions.
Feb. 27 – Wilson-Raybould tells the justice committee she got here below “constant and sustained” strain — together with veiled threats — from the PMO, the Privy Council Workplace and Morneau’s workplace to halt the legal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau rejects her characterization of occasions. Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign. NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh requires a public inquiry.
Feb. 28 – Butts asks the justice committee for a possibility to testify.
March 1 – Trudeau makes longtime MP Lawrence MacAulay his new veterans affairs minister. Marie-Claude Bibeau replaces MacAulay as agriculture minister and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef takes on the extra portfolio of worldwide growth. All three categorical help for Trudeau.
March four – Philpott quits cupboard, saying she has misplaced confidence in how the federal government has handled the continuing affair.
At a rally in Toronto, Trudeau says the continuing affair “has generated an necessary dialogue” about how ministers, workers and officers conduct themselves. “Issues of this nature,” he says, “have to be taken very significantly and I can guarantee you that I’m.”
March 6 – Butts tells the justice committee that Wilson-Raybould by no means complained about improper strain to halt the legal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin till Trudeau determined to maneuver her out of her coveted cupboard position. Wernick disputes elements of her testimony as effectively. Drouin supplies extra particulars in regards to the timeline.
March 7 – Trudeau holds a press convention the place he says he ought to have been conscious that belief had eroded between his workplace and Wilson-Raybould, however denies something inappropriate came about. He talks about studying from the occasions; he doesn’t apologize.
Opposition MPs on the justice committee ask for an emergency assembly to debate calling additional witnesses to testify. They wish to recall Wilson-Raybould in addition to a number of officers from the Prime Minister’s Workplace.
March eight – The Federal Court docket strikes down SNC-Lavalin’s request for judicial overview of the prosecution service’s choice to not negotiate a remediation settlement.
March 11 – The Group for Financial Co-Operation and Improvement says it’s “involved” about allegations of political interference and can decide whether or not Canada is violating its dedication to a global anti-bribery conference.
March 12 – Dion’s workplace says he takes a chronic depart from his job for well being causes, however says data will proceed to be gathered in all ongoing instances in his absence.
March 13 – The Liberal majority on the justice committee ends the emergency assembly, and strikes to reconvene on March 19 as initially deliberate.
March 15 – Wilson-Raybould tells her Vancouver constituents she intends to run for re-election as a Liberal. She writes in an open letter saying necessary questions haven’t been answered in regards to the affair and desires to remain in Parliament, and with the Liberals, to alter a “tradition of battle, empty partisanship and cynical video games” in federal politics.
In the meantime, Quebec Premier Francois Legault says he has spoken with Trudeau on the necessity to discover a method to save SNC-Lavalin and the roles it creates.
March 18 – Trudeau appoints former management rival Joyce Murray to interchange Philpott as Treasury Board president. Hours after being on the swearing-in ceremony, Wernick publicizes he’ll step down earlier than the autumn election, having concluded he has misplaced the belief of opposition events.
Liberals on the justice committee write the chairman that “all guidelines and legal guidelines have been adopted” and Canadians “have the mandatory data to reach at a conclusion.”
In query interval, Trudeau says former Liberal cupboard minister Anne McLellan will discover the connection between the federal government and the minister of justice, who performs a second position as lawyer common.
In response to Trudeau, he and Wilson-Raybould have a “cordial” dialog and talk about “subsequent steps.”
March 19 – Liberals on the justice committee vote to finish the committee’s probe. Conservatives protest later within the day by strolling out of the Home of Commons throughout Morneau’s funds speech.
March 20 – SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce tells The Canadian Press he by no means cited the safety of 9,000 jobs as the rationale the corporate needs to be granted a remediation settlement. He provides he doesn’t anticipate an settlement to be supplied within the present political local weather.
In Ottawa, Philpott and Wilson-Raybould attend the Liberal caucus that adopted a “frank and emotional” assembly Philpott had along with her Ontario caucus colleagues.
Caesar-Chavannes quits the Liberal caucus, saying she has turn into a distraction.
The opposition events set off a marathon voting session after the Liberals use their majority to reject a movement calling on Trudeau to let Wilson-Raybould testify extra totally about her allegations.
March 21 – In an interview revealed in Maclean’s journal, Philpott says there may be “way more to the story” that needs to be advised. She says she had issues in January, earlier than the controversy grew to become public, however is prevented from discussing them by efforts by the Prime Minister’s Workplace to “shut down the story.”
At an occasion in Mississauga, Trudeau says the difficulty is about what occurred whereas Wilson-Raybould was lawyer common, “and he or she bought to talk totally to that.”
March 22 – Wilson-Raybould tells justice committee she’s going to present “copies of textual content messages and emails” together with a written assertion that may “additional make clear statements I made and elucidate the accuracy and nature of statements by witnesses in testimony that got here after my committee look.”
Her fellow Liberal MPs urge Wilson-Raybould and Philpott to publicly speak about what else they must say on the difficulty.
March 25 – Trudeau says he seems ahead to persevering with to have Wilson-Raybould and Philpott within the Liberal caucus. Scheer calls on Trudeau to supply an prolonged waiver so Philpott and Wilson-Raybould can testify totally earlier than a parliamentary committee.
Citing unnamed sources, The Canadian Press stories Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau clashed over her suggestion in 2017 for chief justice of the Supreme Court docket of Canada — a conservative decide from Manitoba that Trudeau disagreed with. Wilson-Raybould says there was no battle with the Trudeau, and elevating issues in regards to the leak of knowledge that would “compromise the integrity of the (judicial) appointments course of and probably sitting justices.”
SNC-Lavalin points a clarification to the March 20 interview that claims, partly, that whereas “the Authorities of Canada was by no means threatened by SNC-Lavalin,” the corporate “made it very clear” to the federal government remediation settlement “was one of the best ways to guard and develop the virtually 9,000 direct Canadian SNC-Lavalin jobs.”