Economic analysis reveals there is no jobs-related reason to intervene on behalf of SNC-Lavalin. The number of jobs potentially at risk is minuscule or non-existent and the company itself says its business is sound. SNC-Lavalin would easily manage a ban on federal projects just as it has flourished despite being banned from World Bank projects since 2013 for corrupt practices.
Claims of danger of significant job losses if SNC was not granted a deferred prosecution agreement were at best grossly exaggerated, at worst a political smokescreen. In no case was it a justification for interfering in prosecutorial discretion, a key element in our independent justice system and the rule of law Canadians so rightly prize.