Whether SNC-Lavalin gets the sweetheart deal it has been seeking to avoid criminal prosecution on bribery and fraud charges is now purely a political decision.
On Friday the company lost a request for the courts to overturn a decision by the Director of the Public Prosecution Service to take the company to court.
The allegations against the company include bribing the Libyan government of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi to the tune of $48 million and defrauding organizations in that country of more than $130 million.
Now the only way for the company to avoid prosecution is for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step in and offer them a DPA or deferred prosecution agreement.
Yes I know, technically it is not up to the PM but rather his Attorney General David Lametti to decide, a point the PM tried to make in Iqaluit on Friday.
“On the specific question of a DPA, the at is the attorney general’s decision to make. That is what I have been consistent on for many months and the attorney general will make that decision,” Trudeau told reporters.
But let’s be honest, this will be Trudeau’s decision. Look at what happened to the last person who said no to the PM on this file.
Jody Wilson-Raybould was swept out of cabinet for not giving Trudeau the decision he wanted.