Corruption in Canada? A look at the dilemma over the SNC Lavalin corruption trial

The Liberal Party’s dilemma over the SNC Lavalin corruption trial is riveting news theatre.

How individuals interpret what is right, and what is wrong, seems to be at the at the core of it. The process has reminded me of the New Testament teacher, Paul who wrote to a Roman community whose own corruption would dissolve its society.

Paul wrote that the law of right and wrong isn’t always written on paper, but in human hearts. The heart, as our guide, is a tricky thing; and we saw that play out in the differences of opinions among Liberal leaders arguing over SNC Lavalin.

Looking to scripture, it says we should help each other do the best thing – “as iron sharpens iron.”

Also on the show – the plight of migrant workers. They tend to our fields, put fresh fruit and veggies on our tables. They’re taxed as they work, pay rent and food while they’re in Canada, but they have few rights. Three weeks ago, 43 trafficked Mexican workers who were living in squalor as they worked cleaning resorts and hotels were rescued by police in Barrie and Collingwood who called the operation, “modern day slavery.” Their story shines a light on how corruption at all levels impacts everyone.

Watch our full show here: http://www.contextwithlornadueck.com/2019/03/06/corruption-in-canada/

 

This week on Context: Shocking revelations in Ottawa as the Prime Minister is implicated in political interference on the criminal prosecution of engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

Shaking the confidence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau further – the president of the Treasury Board, Minister Jane Philpott, resigns in a sudden and explosive announcement.

Andrew Scheer, leader of the opposition, says Minister Jane Philpott’s resignation is confirmation that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must step down.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s long time friend, and closest advisor Gerald Butts, who resigned last week, spoke before the Justice Committee refuting former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s recollection of events in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Plus: the plight of migrant workers. They tend to our fields, put fresh fruit and veggies on our tables. They’re taxed as they work, pay rent and food while they’re in Canada, but they have few rights. How a case of “modern day slavery” in Barrie, Ontario shines a light on corruption at all levels.

This week – a government in crisis and the trickle down effect of bribery and corruption, and a look at Canadian values of honesty, rule of law, and why blowing the whistle on corruption matters to our national ethic.

 

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Lorna is the CEO of Crossroads Christian Communication Inc., YES TV and Executive Producer of Context with Lorna Dueck TV show and online production. Lorna enjoys interviewing culture-shaping guests for any evidence of God. The award winning program is produced from the Crossroads Christian Communications Centre in Burlington, Ontario, airs on seven networks, and is seen Sunday mornings on Canada’s largest networks, CTV and Global TV. Lorna is a regular commentary writer on faith and public life in various publications in Canada, and a frequent media commentator. She travels the world reporting on church-led response to humanitarian crises.