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LETTER: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

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With all the blather rising from Ottawa about the SNC-Lavalin affair, I think there is one question that has to be answered. Is the Trudeau Liberal government still planning to allow the SNG-Lavalin company to pick-up a get out of jail card free by allowing the company to a plea under a deferred prosecution where they agree to pay a fine against being dragged through the courts for bribery (et al) charges, and thus be allowed to continue to undertake contracts for the federal government in Canada? I suppose if that is the case, then Ms. Jody Wilson-Reybould concerns could be realized and it may appear that the Trudeau government would win their little spat to do it their way regardless of what the law prescribes. If you are unfamiliar with the DPA process, here is a description. A deferred prosecution agreement, which is very similar to a non-prosecution agreement (NPA), is a voluntary alternative to adjudication in which a prosecutor agrees to grant amnesty in exchange for the defendant agreeing to fulfill certain requirements. If this happens it will only confirm if you are a well-connected business doing business with the federal government, you can just pick up your phone and concessions will be made for you.

Lloyd C. McKenna,


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