Trudeau and SNC-Lavalin: Of Hosts and Parasites

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1772 ... February 25, 2019
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Trudeau and SNC-Lavalin: Of Hosts and Parasites

Harry Glasbeek

Every now and again the sophisticated web of myths and fantasies that hides the brutality and ugliness of capitalism is ripped away by sleazy and rapacious actors.

1. Trudeau

We are told, again and again, that we are fortunate to live in a capitalist nation that is subject to the Rule of Law. We are free to elect governments whose members may be expected to abide by many of their promises to us and to share our commitment to our foundational institutions. They will accept rulings of an independent judiciary whose processes are accessible to all and which treat all of us as equal before, under and according to our properly passed laws and... constitution.

All of those who want to be elected give us such undertakings and all of them, especially self-proclaimed l[L]iberals like Justin Trudeau, are fond of saying they will go to the wall to defend these liberty-protecting principles. In this setting, we are told by our governments and their intellectual gatekeepers, it is safe to leave the bulk of our wealth generation to private actors whose efforts to accumulate riches will enure to the benefit of all of us as some of the wealth they create trickles down. Inevitably, some of these wealth creators, in their zeal to acquire more and more, violate the tenets of a free market economy, act anti-socially and, often, illegally. Given the presumptions of an independent legal system and the commitment to honour its workings, we can safely expect (so goes the claim) that governments will pursue appropriate civil and criminal actions to deal with such alleged excesses and abuses.

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