SNC Montreal

CBC March 8, 2019

Differing versions of what transpired behind the scenes as SNC-Lavalin lobbied the federal government for an out-of-court settlement have left the picture as clear as mud.

But one thing has been consistent: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists he is concerned about the impact on Canadian workforce should the Quebec-based engineering giant be barred from competing for federal projects.

Are 9,000 jobs really at stake if SNC is banned from competing for federal projects?

Not likely, says construction analyst Andrew Macklin. “I think they’re playing the worst case scenario,” he said.

Would SNC be shut out of doing business in Canada without a DPA?

It’s possible, but unlikely. The ban on bidding for projects only extends to federal contracts — not provincial ones.

That means billions worth of contracts for other government projects, like new hospitals or bridges, are still open to the company. The provinces could choose to shut the firm out, but SNC-Lavalin is one of only about a dozen companies in the world capable of taking large infrastructure projects from conception to completion.

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