Ottawa, Ontario — March 6, 2019
As I have heard many perspectives on this subject, I feel that I must share my thoughts on the matter with my constituents.
First, I would like to make it very clear that I have the utmost respect for MP Wilson-Raybould and I am glad that she had the opportunity to share ‘her truth’ as she so aptly characterized her testimony at the Justice Committee.
But for some unknown reason, the media seems to have chosen to ignore her numerous assertions that nothing illegal or unlawful happened. That for me is key.
To my mind, I am satisfied that the government wanted the jobs and pensions of Canadians to be taken into account when making a decision on a way ahead. I don’t believe that any government (regardless of political stripe) would have done otherwise.
“I am glad that [MP Wilson-Raybould] had the opportunity to
share her truth” – Karen McCrimmon, Member of Parliament for Kanata–Carleton
By way of comparison, I would tell you that, had a Deferred Prosecution Agreement been available in the US after the collapse of Enron and the criminal trial of Arthur Andersen, an estimated 30,000 job and pension losses would have been avoided. Yes, the executives were found guilty, but 30,000 innocent people were seriously harmed as a result. We don’t want to see that kind of harm repeated in Canada, and I am very supportive of the individual charges that have been laid against SNC-Lavalin’s executives.
There are currently two independent initiatives underway investigating the matters in question: the Justice Committee’s study along with the Conflict of Interest and Ethic Commissioner’s investigation. I have complete confidence in both institutions.
Some have suggested that the government should direct the RCMP to launch an investigation. The RCMP is a completely independent agency; they alone decide what investigations take place. That is exactly how it should be.
I cannot pretend to know all of the relevant facts of this matter and drawing any conclusions at this point would be inappropriate. It is important in a democracy that we take all sides of an issue into account when making decisions.