Sunday, April 7, 2019

Canadians Meet ‘The Deep State’ (Part One) Robin Mathews

Canadians Meet ‘The Deep State’


Everything about the SNC-Lavalin Scandal is bad except it brings Canadians face-to-face with ‘The Deep State’ which, normally, is a vague, dark uncertainty to them. 

'The Deep State' is a force which, in fact, serves the interests of very rich, private interests, and 'very often' serves those wishing to operate criminally (whether making fake Wars or building gigantic infrastructure projects or engaging in dubious activities  - like the drug trade) the world over.  It is usually a combination of unseen forces and the apparent (independent) government of a State.

Strange, and irrelevant as it may seem, let us start with Michael Wernick, 'top Civil Servant in Canada, who acted as a political errand-boy for Justin Trudeau and SNC-Lavalin.  Canada's Civil Service is noted quite widely as one of the best.  What does that mean?  It means that it works to implement legislation passed by governments in power as a function of government, not as political activity. And, indeed, the top Civil Servant in Canada is famous for being non-political, that is to say for advising government on what will work functionally. 

A prime minister, like Justin Trudeau, might approach the top Civil Servant to tell him the government is considering passing legislation of a certain kind.  The last thing a Michael Wernick should do is comment on the political desirability of the undertaking.  He is there 'with long years of experience' to say, perhaps, that was tried three governments ago, and was found to be unworkable or the Civil Service has the personnel and expertise to make that possible, consider the following problems of implementation.

That Michael Wernick found himself acting as a political errand-boy for SNC-Lavalin and Justin Trudeau in an attempt to influence the decisions of the Attorney General of Canada is almost beyond belief, and may reveal the extent to which The (criminal?) Deep State has a hold on the Canadian government now.

What was the Justin Trudeau Liberal government of Canada doing allowing SNC-Lavalin 89 (eighty-nine) lobbying meetings in which they obviously fashioned the (very low-key) legislation (which was passed  tucked into an Omnibus Bill) to make possible Deferred Prosecution Agreements then pressed upon the Attorney General of Canada who had decided one was not available to SNC-Lavalin.

And how did the Trudeau Liberal government enroll Michael Wernick, Canada's top Civil Servant, as a political errand-boy to attempt to influence the Attorney General of Canada on behalf of SNC-Lavalin? What relation did he/does he have to former Civil Servants in SNC-Lavalin, if any? Serious questions are there to ask.

Deferred Prosecution Agreements have been used in the U.S., Britain, and the Netherlands which doesn't mean they are desirable.  They have the efficacy, it is said, to clean up bad Corporate Entities, to assess them large sums for misbehaviour, and it is said, to be able, still, to charge corrupt top-level actors with crimes.  Except with Deferred Prosecution Agreements top level criminals in large private Corporations always seem to escape prosecution.

What better way to describe the reality of The Deep State: a system of government that permits major criminals in big Corporations to have a permanent card (as in the game appropriately called Monopoly) they can flash that says: 'Get out of jail free'.

That seems to be the logic in Deferred Prosecution Agreements. Their very popularity among Big Private Corporations should make them highly suspect among the voters of Canada. And those voters should probably demand that DPA's (Deferred Prosecution Agreements) be unavailable and outlawed in this country.

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