SNC Lavalin by the Numbers

“What we have got here is a failure to communicate” ‘Captain’ the Prison Warden in Cool Hand Luke`

Judy Wilson-Raybould (JWR) described the pressure the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) applied on her to take SNC off the hook from criminal prosecution.  After more bad headlines, the Prime Minister’s recently resigned Principal Secretary – Gerald Butts showed up to offer his alternate facts.  His basic message – It wasn’t pressure. – It was business as usual and he remembered stuff differently than JWR.

And now the questions of ethical conduct on all sides has erupted as JWR unwisely released a taped conversation with the Prime Minister’s Deputy Minister.

But cutting thru the mud slinging, here are a few numbers to keep in mind

  • 3 – The number of tests SNC failed to get a deferral from criminal prosecution. 
    • They didn’t voluntarily bring the Libya deal to the attention of the RCMP
    • They didn’t provide reparations for ripping off the Libyan people
    • They didn’t have an otherwise crime free history – There were other bribes and illegal political donations to the Liberal Party
  • Zero – The per cent chance of success Judge Catherine Kane would give SNC’s appeal to get a deferral from criminal prosecution.
  • $48 million the amount of bribes SNC is accused of giving to Libyan officials. $130 million is the amount SNC is accused of defrauding the Libyan government.
  • 384 -The number of registered lobbyist meetings since 2008 where SNC Lavalin has bent the government’s ear 
  • 8,762 – The number of SNC Canadian jobs purported to be at risk.  “When 9,000 people’s jobs are at stake, it is a public policy problem of the highest order,” Butts said.
  • 3,600 – number of SNC employees in Quebec. Jobs in Canada have been shrinking from 20,000 in 2012. 
  • 50,000 number of SNC employees world-wide.
  • $67 billion – value of current contracts SNC has in Canada. SNC is eligible to bid on provincial and private sector contracts.
  • 1/3 the amount of SNC’s business in Canada. Increasingly, SNC’s contracts are outside Canada.

So, what motivated the government to work so hard to give SNC a break that most Severely Normal Canadians would think inappropriate? 

  • Battered lobbyist syndrome?
  • Votes in Quebec?
  • An attempt to keep Quebec’s only home grown global company in Montreal?
  • Was it jobs?

As Severely Normal Albertans mull this over here are a few more numbers:

  • 100,000 – For reference, the number of jobs lost in the oilpatch in the depths of the recession. 
  • 4 – the number of Liberal seats in Alberta. The level of support for the Liberals before the SNC scandal was 25%
  • 200 ‘ish’ days until the next federal election.