CBC March 14, 2019
SNC-Lavalin approached Quebec’s attorney-general last fall to enlist her help securing a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) from the federal government.
This was part of a broader effort by the company to get the newly elected Coalition Avenir Québec government to take up its cause with Ottawa.
The senior executive in charge of SNC-Lavalin’s lobbying strategy, Erik Ryan, had a phone conversation on Nov. 9 with Justice Minister Sonia LeBel’s chief of staff, Marc-André Ross.
During that conversation, Ryan said he wanted to meet with LeBel to discuss a DPA, which would allow SNC-Lavalin to avoid prosecution on federal fraud and bribery charges.
The account of the conversation was provided to CBC News by Lebel’s office.
“We find it important to be transparent and to communicate this [information],” said spokesperson Nicky Cayer.