Liberals secretive about $150 million SNC-Lavalin COVID project
Liberals admit they have no idea if the $150 million contract to SNC-Lavalin during COVID was helpful, and won’t say where the mobile health units they paid for exist.

Mike Campbell

January 31, 2024

Documents reveal the Trudeau Liberals have responded with secrecy and incompetence over their recent $150 million COVID contract given to SNC-Lavalin to construct field hospitals and mobile health units built to provide additional capacity during the so-called pandemic.

In a response to a parliamentary query regarding the details and utilization of these field hospitals, Liberal minister of Public Services and Procurement Charles Sousa gave little details about the facilities’ actual use and existence.

The Liberal minister admitted the feds had virtually no oversight of the project, rather they threw money at the scandal-plagued company and hoped for the best. 

All Sousa was able to say was that the Liberals didn’t “centrally or systematically track how many patients were seen or the types of services offered.”  

He also refused to even answer the current location of the mobile units, suggesting it’s possible one or some of them never existed in the first place.

When asked where the mobile units are now, Sousa said they “are currently stored in a warehouse facility in Ontario. The exact location of the warehouse cannot be shared due to security concerns.”

It’s unclear how the location of the mobile units would pose a security risk to anyone, but Sousa didn’t elaborate

The opacity surrounding the project is only compounded by the Liberals’ past with SNC-Lavalin. 

SNC-Lavalin affair

The SNC-Lavalin affair was a political scandal that emerged in early 2019 after it was revealed that Trudeau put pressure on then-Attorney General Wilson-Raybould to stop prosecuting SNC-Lavalin, an engineering company found to have bribed both Canadian and Libyan officials.

Trudeau ultimately fired Wilson-Raybould from her position as Attorney General after she refused to succumb to the pressure.

Trudeau denied these allegations, but then-ethics commissioner Mario Dion disagreed with the PM. Dion said that Trudeau engaged in a “flagrant attempt to influence” Wilson-Raybould to further “SNC-Lavalin’s private interests” and that Trudeau and his office abused their position to “circumvent, undermine, and ultimately attempt to discredit” her claims.

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