A public discussion in Halifax next week on the SNC-Lavalin controversy is to cover the impact of the headline-making scandal on Canadian democracy.
The free event at Dalhousie University will include views from a political scientist, law professor and former premier, promotional material says.
Speakers scheduled for the March 27 session will be Lori Turnbull, director of the university’s School of Public Administration, Sara Seck, a faculty member with Dal’s Schulich School of Law and Darrell Dexter, whose NDP government was in power in this province from 2009 to 2013.
The SNC-Lavalin affair has essentially dogged the Trudeau Liberals in Ottawa since Feb. 7, when The Globe And Mail reported the government’s former justice minister and attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, alleged she’s rejected multiple attempts by the administration to persuade her to jettison a criminal prosecution of the Montreal-based engineering firm.
“Allegations of political interference by the prime minister and other key elements of the PMO . . . have had a seismic effect on the political landscape in Ottawa,” says an event notice on Dalhousie’s website.
One of the affair’s implications is what it might do to the Liberals’ re-election chances. The next general election is Oct. 21.
Three federal by-elections held Feb. 25 resulted in a seat in Parliament for the Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats.
The SNC-Lavalin talk is being hosted by the university’s MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. It’ll be held at the University Club on campus, and is to run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
There will be a cash bar on site. The club is situated at 6259 Alumni Cres.
Registration is required. More information can be found online.
Michael Lightstone is a freelance reporter living in Dartmouth