MONTREAL — Quebec Premier Francois Legault says he’s concerned about potential job losses at SNC-Lavalin, a day after claims by Canada’s former attorney general that she was pressured to intervene in the file.
Legault says he doesn’t know whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau placed undue pressure on Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene to help the Quebec-based engineering giant avoid criminal corruption charges.
But Legault said today that a lengthy criminal trial for SNC-Lavalin, and the 10-year ban on bidding for federal contracts that would result from a conviction, could lead to the loss of many good jobs in Quebec.
He told reporters in Quebec City that his government is already in discussion with SNC-Lavalin’s president and Quebec’s pension fund manager on how to save those positions.
On Wednesday, Wilson-Raybould detailed what she described as a relentless campaign from Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and the finance minister’s office, to have her direct prosecutors to reach a “remediation agreement” with the company so it could avoid trial.
Quebec Justice Minister Sonia LeBel said today that Wilson-Raybould’s allegations, if true, are worrying.