‘Suppression of News and a Web of Corruption’

A U.S. news outlet has revealed the Canadian government’s suppression of news inside Canada…and the name of the ‘power behind the throne’ responsible for the ‘SNC-Lavalin’ scandal, the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould AND the government purchase of the ‘Trans Mountain’ pipeline project:

At Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s behest, Karina Gould, the Minister of ‘Democratic’ Institutionsthreatened ‘Google’ with sweeping regulations if they did not suppress criticism of the ‘Liberal’ Party government concerning the SNC-Lavalin scandal and the Wilson-Raybould resignation.

Google reluctantly complied, with the result that some stories appearing worldwide were not available to Canadians via Google. However, Google angrily responded that they would not be accepting ANY political advertising for the upcoming federal election – including from the ‘Liberal’ Party, which has upset the ‘Liberal’ government.

The same Minister (Gould) also influenced the publishing of disparaging criticisms of the U.S. news outlet (the ‘Buffalo Chronicle’, that ultimately revealed these shenanigans) on iPolitics, a subsidiary of Torstar managed by ‘Liberal’ party insider and former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci, who, in that role, participated in rulings that massively expanded the power of the Canadian Aboriginal Industry – more on him in a moment.

The Chronicle then revealed that their source was a Canadian who wanted the journalistic legal protections available in the U.S., but not in Canada.

Minister Gould later announced thattheTrudeau government will include $7 million in this year’s federal budget to monitor and actively discredit political content on social media platforms.

As to Mr. Iacobucci, the subject of the 2nd story below, he took over as Chairman of ‘Torstar’ (which also publishes the ‘Toronto Star’) after retiring from the Supreme Court, became a partner in ‘Tory’s’, a Bay Street law firm heavily involved in the Aboriginal Industry (the branch of the firm which Iacobucci heads), and became an in-house lawyer for SNC-Lavalin.

In this role, Iacobucci ‘demanded’ a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for ‘SNC Lavalin’, dictating to Finance Minister Bill Morneau the terms that his client ‘would accept’ from the Trudeau government. He had been instrumental in persuading Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to insert the new legal provision as a policy rider into last year’s budget bill. When Wilson-Raybould refused to offer his client the legal mechanism that he lobbied to invent, he was livid.

Iacobucci had alsoearlier helped colleagues at Torys ‘bully’ Morneau into acquiring Kinder Morgan‘s Trans Mountain Pipeline”. “Executives at ‘SNC Lavalin’ have long expected that they will be awarded the construction contract on the multi-billion dollar infrastructure project”.

In October, Trudeau asked Iacobucci to lead the government’s negotiations with ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} communities in British Columbia”. “Iacobucci, who was already angry that Wilson-Raybould was refusing to allow his client to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement…would only agree to take the role on the condition that Trudeau would replace her.

Part of Iacobucci’s influence – besides his connections – may reside in the fact thatAmong Toronto-area political operatives, it’s been rumored that Iacobucci may be one of three men in possession of ‘embarrassing information’ on Trudeau.
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Here are the two source articles:

“In the days approaching former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould‘s testimony to the House of Commons’ Justice Committee on February 27, at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s behest, Karina Gould, the Minister of ‘Democratic’ Institutions, reached out to social media giant ‘Google’ to pressure the firm to curtail political criticism of the Trudeau government on on its platform.

Karina Gould, Minister of ‘Democratic’ Institutions (CTV News)

“Gould placed a call to a senior government relations executive at Google, during which she complained about ‘hate speech’ and ‘toxic rhetoric’, referring multiple times to specific criticisms of the Trudeau government that she found objectionable. She then threatened sweeping regulations that would require unprecedented disclosures of advertising sponsors.

“The firm’s existing ad systems are not technologically capable of complying with Gould’s demand. It would require a months-long reconstruction of the software to meet the compliance requirements she laid out.
https://www.nasdaq.com/article/gooogle-plans-to-ban-political-ads-before-canada-election–the-globe-and-mail-20190304-01286

“In response, the firm announced that it will not accept political advertising through the October elections.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-to-ban-political-ads-ahead-of-upcoming-election/
That disappointed Gould, who implored them to reconsider, even complaining to newsmedia that,

“they have enormous financial and technical resources… they can get this done”.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/google-election-advertising-gould-1.5044364

“In the days following Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, and just two weeks after Gould told a House committee that there was “more she was planning to do” to “limit foreign influence” in the election,
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/gould-facebook-twitter-election-1.5024900
the Chronicle noticed that articles published on our digital platform relating to the ongoing ‘SNC Lavalin’ scandal stopped appearing in ‘Google News’ search results in Canada
. (Our coverage continues to appear in regular Google search results, and in Google News results in the United States).

“On the same day as Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Gould turned to ‘iPolitics’ to publicly disparage a recent Chronicle report, with defamatory comments from Gould and a PMO spokesman.
https://ipolitics.ca/2019/02/27/gould-unsure-if-election-watchdog-would-catch-disputed-story-on-privy-council-clerk/
The author of the piece, Charlie Pinkerton, used a ‘Twitter’ comment made by an obscure reporter who formerly wrote for ‘Vice’, to broadly characterize this publication as ‘fake’ news.

“iPolitics is a subsidiary of Torstar, the publishing giant managed by Frank Iacobucci {retired Supreme Court Justice}, who finds himself at the center of the ‘SNC Lavalin’ – ‘Kinder Morgan’ Scandal — and a subject of recent reporting by the Chronicle.
{See below…}

Trudeau and Michael Wernick (National Post)

“Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, was the subject of the report that Gould was quick to go to the press in an attempt to discredit for plainly political advantage. Wernick also sits as one of five government officials who comprise the newly formed ‘election protection unit’, who have been tasked by the Cabinet to monitor and neutralize ‘critical election incidents’.
https://globalnews.ca/news/5035336/karina-gould-michael-wernick-snc-lavalin-affair/

“Less than two weeks after the bum iPolitics story, Gould announced that the Trudeau government will include $7 million in this year’s federal budget to monitor and actively discredit political content on social media platforms.
https://www.hilltimes.com/2019/02/26/gould-says-she-doesnt-have-full-confidence-facebook-will-meet-ottawas-expectations-to-implement-electoral-safeguards/190371

“Critics fear that a curtailment of access to foreign press reports would be violative of Canadian norms and the expectations of a free society. At the same time, the Trudeau government plans to offer Canada’s media giants $600 million in operating subsidies, which has unnerved free speech advocates across all party affiliations.
https://globalnews.ca/news/5063849/trudeau-liberals-budget-news-journalism/

“In recent weeks, the Chronicle has unabashedly published a series of articles covering the Trudeau government’s removal of the former Attorney General. With only minor corrections, that reporting has been accurate and prescient.

“Contrary to Gould’s public characterization, that journalism was produced by a Canadian from Southern Ontario (which is very much a part of our media market and our body of readership). This writer requested that his name be concealed for fear of political retribution.

“Understanding that journalists in the United States enjoy far more sweeping legal protections relating to political speech, our publisher, Matthew Ricchiazzi, was willing to extend that protection to this writer. Ricchiazzi reaffirmed to me personally and to my colleagues that,

“as a matter of policy and our Statement on Corporate Social Responsibility,
the Chronicle will continue to protect the work of any journalist fearing the retribution of any government anywhere in the world”.

–‘At Trudeau’s behest, Gould instructed Google News to limit Canadian access to foreign press’,
Buffalo Chronicle, March 16, 2019

https://buffalochronicle.com/2019/03/16/at-trudeaus-behest-gould-instructed-google-news-to-limit-canadian-access-to-foreign-press/

Iacobucci and Trudeau (Buffalo Chronicle)

“Frank Iacobucci is one of the most influential lawyer-lobbyists in all of Canada. He has been at the crux of the nation’s political, legal, and business communities well before he retired his post as a Supreme Court Justice in 2004. Today, he is a partner at ‘Torys’, Bay Street’s whitest-shoe law firm, and is the most-statured attorney in the firm’s ‘indigenous’ {Aboriginal Industry} law practice.

“Suddenly, this week, nearly everyone in Ottawa wants him to testify before the House of Commons’ justice committee regarding his involvement in the ‘SNC Lavalin’ scandal, following widespread rumors that it was Iacobucci who first insisted that Jody Wilson Raybould be removed as Attorney General.

“Iacobucci led ‘SNC-Lavalin‘s efforts to secure a ‘Deferred Prosecution Agreement’ last summer and into the fall. He was instrumental in persuading Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to insert the new legal provision as a policy rider into last year’s budget bill, acting as ‘SNC Lavalin’s in-house attorney.

“Last August, Iacobucci ‘demanded’ a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for ‘SNC Lavalin’, even dictating to Finance Minister Bill Morneau the terms that his client ‘would accept’ from the Trudeau government. Sources close to Morneau say that’s a familiar posture for Iacobucci, who months earlier helped colleagues at Torys ‘bully’ Morneau into acquiring Kinder Morgan‘s Trans Mountain Pipeline in May — on terms that CEO Steve Kean would accept.

Scott Brison (CBC). Former Treasury Board President Scott Brison, who had oversight responsibilities for federal payments, is now working at BMO as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking. He will have oversight responsibility for BMO’s $400 million investment in the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

“When Wilson-Raybould refused to offer his client the legal mechanism that he lobbied to invent, he was livid. Iacobucci regularly communicates with Morneau and the former Treasury Board President, Scott Brison. He was not shy about articulating his displeasure with the Attorney General to either man.

Jody Wilson-Raybould (Todayville.com)

“The Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick, even complained to Wilson-Raybould that, ‘Iacobucci is not a shrinking violet’, to impress upon her the political pressures being exerted on Trudeau. Among Toronto-area political operatives, it’s been rumored that Iacobucci may be one of three men in possession of ‘embarrassing information’ on Trudeau.

“In October, Trudeau asked Iacobucci to lead the government’s negotiations with ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} communities in British Columbia, where consent is required to accommodate the pipeline. The government is not merely required to ‘consult’, because most of British Columbia’s ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} people have not ceded their lands to Canada by Treaty or transaction.
{At least, that’s the opinion of the Supreme Court…}

“A source close to the talks suspects that Trudeau had tasked Iacobucci with ‘essentially bribing’ every ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} community along the pipeline’s route, in order to secure approvals as quickly as possible. The characterization of bribery, the source says, is based on Iacobucci’s posture of engagement with ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} communities — not allowing for meaningful negotiations, and insisting that the federal government’s duty is satisfied by merely transferring funds to the affected communities, regardless of the outcome of discussions.

“Iacobucci, who was already angry that Wilson-Raybould was refusing to allow his client to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement, feared that his consultations in British Columbia could be construed as improper. He would only agree to take the role on the condition that Trudeau would replace her with a ‘more doting’ Member of Parliament.

“Executives at ‘SNC Lavalin’ have long expected that they will be awarded the construction contract on the multi-billion dollar infrastructure project, and the firm has been advocating aggressively for it in Ottawa. The firm has also been engaging with key influencers in British Columbia.

“Iacobucci is a trusted confidant of Canada’s ruling ‘Liberal’ Party establishment and has received high-profile appointments by federal and provincial ‘Liberal governments.

Frank Iacobucci (Huffington Post)

“Iacobucci sits on the Board of Directors of Torstar, the company that publishes The Toronto Star, The Hamilton Spectator, GTA Today, The Niagara Review, iPolitics, and a series of smaller newspapers. He formerly served as Chairman. The Toronto Star, in particular, has earned a reputation for left-leaning opinion pages and reliably favorable coverage of ‘Liberal’ politicians.

“SNC Lavalin’s government relations efforts have been robust. The firm has lobbied dozens of officials in the Trudeau government — and continues to be in frequent and regular communication with senior figures in the PMO and ministerial staff, including Mathieu Bouchard, Elder Marques, and Ben Chin.

“‘Indigenous {aboriginal} leaders have been calling on Iacobucci to resign his role with the Trans Mountain Pipeline and to ‘fully disclose’ his list of clients and political activities.

“The Chronicle was unable to find Iacobucci’s registration in LobbyCanada.

“SNC Lavalin has disclosed the following ‘in house’ contacts made with Trudeau officials since September 2016 (Iacobucci was working as an ‘in house’ attorney). In addition, the firm has hired third-party consultants to lobby the government simultaneously…”

More at:
–‘Political grandmaster’ Frank Iacobucci is at the center of SNC Lavalin, Kinder Morgan scandals’,
Buffalo, Chronicle, March 11, 2019

https://buffalochronicle.com/2019/03/11/political-grandmaster-frank-iacobucci-is-at-the-center-of-snc-lavalin-kinder-morgan-scandals/
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