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Reality check: What could an inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin scandal actually do?

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says if his party forms government after the election, he plans to call a judicial inquiry into the SNC-Lavalinaffair.

The scandal rocked Parliament Hill for roughly three months in the winter and spring as revelations emerged accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his senior staff of using inappropriate pressure in an attempt to get former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the Montreal firm’s court case.


While a judicial inquiry wouldn’t void that, it could be the best available option for getting answers for the Canadian public, one lawyer says.

“It seems that in this case, a focused judicial inquiry — given the information that we have and given the lack of action that the government has proactively taken in providing information — is perhaps the most ideal way to settle the SNC-Lavalin issue finally,” said Michael Spratt, partner at Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP.

“A judicial inquiry removes it from the political realm. It gives controls to an independent adjudicator and means that the Canadian public will get the answers that they deserve and the answers that the government might not be willing to provide on their own.”


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