With the SNC-Lavalin scandal showing no signs of abating, the Thornhill Conservative EDA brings you a unique opportunity to attend a fireside chat with three personalities who will dissect every aspect of the ongoing controversy.
What does the scandal mean for the Rule of Law in Canada?
What are the legal, ethical and political implications with an election less than six months away?
And most importantly, what might come next?
Join former Attorney General, Peter McKay, Conservative Shadow Minister for Ethics, Peter Kent, and lawyer and legal analyst, Edward Prutschi, as they answer all these questions and more.
Peter Gordon MacKay PC QC (born September 27, 1965) is a lawyer and politician from Nova Scotia, Canada. He was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015 and has served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013–2015), Minister of National Defence (2007–2013), and Minister of Foreign Affairs(2006–2007) in the Cabinet of Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. MacKay was the final leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (PC Party), and he agreed to merge the party with Stephen Harper's Canadian Alliance in 2003, forming the Conservative Party of Canada.
MacKay represented the riding of Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough from 1997 to 2004, and the riding of Central Nova from 2004 until 2015, when he decided not to run in that year's federal election. With the defeat of the Conservatives in the 2015 election, MacKay was considered a potential candidate to succeed Harper as permanent leader of the party.
MacKay is married to Nazanin Afshin-Jam, an Iranian-Canadian model, singer, and human rights activist, as well as a former Miss World Canada. MacKay and his family reside in The Beaches area of Toronto.
Peter Kent was first elected to the House of Commons representing Thornhill in 2008 and sworn into Cabinet as Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the Americas.
Re-elected in 2011, Peter was appointed Canada's Environment Minister and served in that capacity until July, 2013. In October, 2013 Peter was elected Chair of the House Standing Committee on National Defence. In October, 2015 Peter was again re-elected as MP for Thornhill and appointed Deputy Critic for Foreign Affairs. In Summer, 2016 Peter was appointed as Critic of Foreign Affairs. In September, 2017 Peter was appointed Shadow Minister of Ethics.
Prior to his election to the House of Commons, Peter was a broadcast journalist, having spent more than 40 years working as a writer, reporter, producer, anchor and broadcast executive in Canada, the United States and around the world.
He covered stories that shaped the 20th Century, including momentous events such as , the Vietnam and Cambodian conflicts and recovery, decades of conflict, uncertainty and hope in the Middle East, the Ethiopian famine, the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, South Africa’s transition from the apartheid era to Mandela’s presidency, the overthrow of Idi Amin, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.
Peter won a number of awards over the course of his career, including the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also a member of the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.
A passionate believer in community involvement, Peter actively supports a number of charitable organizations. He has served as a mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and was on the Toronto cabinet of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He remains involved with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Peter is married to Cilla. They have a daughter, Trilby, son-in-law, Daniel, grandchildren, Clea and Tristan.
Edward Prutschi is a Toronto criminal defence lawyer and frequent media legal analyst for CTV News, NewsTalk1010 and the Toronto Sun. Mr. Prutschi appears routinely in courts all across Ontario. He is a former faculty member for the Criminal Law course at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course where he instructed law school graduates in criminal procedure prior to their admission to the profession. He has twice been nominated as one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
Ed is a long-time resident of Thornhill where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
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