Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Luxury trips, lavish overspending alleged in legislature bombshell report

VICTORIA - Two senior B.C. Legislature officials who were suspended two months ago are being investigated for allegedly fraudulent and flagrant overspending, "lavish" trips overseas, inappropriate expense claims, cash payouts and misappropriating liquor from the legislature, according to Speaker of the House Darryl Plecas. (Vancouver Sun)

SNC-Lavelin scandal has nothing to do with saving jobs

Despite the protestations to the contrary from the Prime Minister, his Principal Secretary Gerald Butts and the Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, whatever else the SNC-Lavalin scandal may be about, the interference by the PMO and the PCO was not about jobs. (True North)
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  • How a core member of Team Trudeau became the greatest threat

    Jody Wilson-Raybould has a way of making an impression. Oddly enough, for a politician, she often makes it in private. There was the day in 2011, back when Wilson-Raybould was heading the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, that she ran into former prime minister Paul Martin. He later said she treated him to a “brilliant exposition” on First Nations issues, which led to Martin talking her up in his Liberal circles. By 2013, newly minted Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau had heard enough to fly to Whitehorse to meet her. Their one-on-one so impressed Trudeau that only a few months later he was showcasing her to Liberals as a star political prospect at a Montreal party convention. (MacLean's)

    Opposition screams ‘Cover-up’ as Liberals shut down committee hearing on SNC-Lavelin affair

    Opposition MPs hurled angry claims of a "coverup" today after Liberals used their majority to shut down an emergency meeting of the committee probing the SNC-Lavalin affair. The meeting was requested by Conservative and NDP members to press the Liberals to recall Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again, even though the Liberals already had defeated a similar motion. (CBC)
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  • Lavscam now in full cover up mode
  • Former casino investigators question whether officials unwilling to stop money laundering

    VANCOUVER - Several former investigators who say they lost jobs in B.C.’s casino industry for whistle-blowing are questioning whether some B.C. officials deliberately allowed government-regulated casinos to be used as hubs for money laundering.(Global News)

    Ontario Law Society probes lawyer’s relationship with terrorist client

    A Toronto criminal lawyer faces an investigation into her relationship with a terrorist client after jail-guards alleged they saw videos of her crawling under the table during jail-house visits, the Toronto Sun has learned. (Toronto Sun)

    Possible fraud, theft of public funds led to removal of senior officers of the legislature

    VICTORIA - Two senior officers of the B.C. legislature who were publicly escorted out of the building in Victoria this week amid a criminal probe are being investigated for possible fraud and theft involving public funds, two sources told Postmedia News Wednesday. (Vancouver Sun)
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  • SNC Lavelin could face criminal charges over Montreal bridge project

    MONTREAL - Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge, court documents show. (National Post)

    Mexico disarms Acapulco police force linked to cartels

    MEXICO CITY - Authorities in southern Mexico disarmed and placed under investigation the entire police force in the once-glittering resort of Acapulco on Tuesday, claiming the local cops were infiltrated by drug gangs. (CTV News)

    New Attorney General met with SNC lobbyists in 2017

    The new Justice Minister and Attorney General, David Lametti met with and was lobbied by SNC-Lavalin in 2017. The Montreal construction and engineering giant is involved in the biggest political scandal to hit the Trudeau government since coming into office in 2015. (TNC News)

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