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HAT Forum - "The SNC Lavalin Brouhaha: Some Questions Arising"

  • The 519 (Rm 305 but check lobby screen to be sure) 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

The SNC Lavalin affair has dominated headlines for months now. It is serious, with the potential to remove the Liberals from power in the fall election. Some larger questions that warrant consideration arise. 
- what are the responsibilities of the PM? How does he balance conflicting priorities?
- Jody Wilson-Raybould has said that nothing illegal happened. So why all the fuss? What counts more: ethics or legality? Idealism or pragmatism?
- politics has been defined as the art of compromise. Has this truism been ignored here? 
- on Q, on CBC Radio 1, John Cleese commented that in a world of truly corrupt, evil dictators, Trudeau is one of the good guys and should not be pilloried for one mistake. Comments?
- from a NOW reader, “Anybody want to explain why any Canadian on the left or the right would care that a construction company had to bribe a corrupt, evil dictatorship in Africa in order to get the contract?” Is this all a tempest in a teacup? What are the implications for Canada’s doing business with countries whose values do not align with ours?
- what about party loyalty?
- does the fact that JWR is a woman and Indigenous matter? Should it?
- how do you determine "truth," given contradictory versions of events and the difficulty of defining something like "undue pressure."

We will discuss. All welcome. Free to the Public.

NOTE: The HAT Forum adheres strictly to the City of Toronto Policy on Non-Discrimination (http://www.the519.org/public/content/policy-files/The519SpaceUsePolicy.pdf)