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(1/6) There may a clue here about what actually happened between the former Attorney-General @Puglaas and the PMO when she asserts solicitor-client privilege as a reason not to comment further on the SNC-Lavalin affair. #onpoli #cdpoli #SNCLavalin
(2/6) There's a distinction between a lawyer's duty of confidentiality and solicitor-client privilege. Though they can overlap, they are often wrongly conflated. #onpoli #cdnpoli #SNCLavalin
(3/6) The lawyer's duty of confidentiality is an ethical obligation and involves, broadly, maintaining confidentiality concerning information about one's client's business, personal, and legal affairs. #onpoli #cdnpoli #SNCLavalin
(4/6) Solicitor-client privilege, conversely, requires a lawyer not to disclose (except with client consent) communication between the lawyer and client (oral or otherwise) which occurred *for the purpose of the client obtaining legal advice*. #onpoli #cdnpoli
(5/6) It's interesting that @Puglaas invokes the narrower solicitor-client privilege as a reason not to speak. Parsing this, it could imply that her client (cabinet/PMO) actually discussed whether she *could, would, or should* scuttle the #SNCLavalin prosecution. #onpoli #cdnpoli
(6/6) This could simply be a case of conflating confidentiality and solicitor-client privilege. Or it could be a deliberate (albeit esoteric) way for the former A-G to implicitly confirm that the PMO actually engaged in the conduct of which it stands accused. #onpoli #cdnpoli
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