Canada’s efforts to fight foreign bribery are “extremely weak”, new report says


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The report laments the fact that prosecutors have not used a DPA once since the regime’s inception.

She was immediately put in the spotlight during the SNC-Lavalin scandal that rocked the Trudeau government in 2018.

At the time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was accused by former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould of improperly inciting him to push prosecutors to enter into a cooperation agreement with SNC-Lavalin. The Quebec company was then accused of fraud and corruption in Libya under the Gaddafi regime.

Prosecutors declined to offer SNC a remedy deal, saying it was neither appropriate nor in the public interest. The case ultimately came to an end when prosecutors negotiated a settlement with SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc. that included a fine of $ 280 million and a three-year probation period, but no ban on bidding on government contracts.

“Canada must redouble its efforts to ensure that we are not the source of corruption, nor the place to hide corruption money. Photo de Getty Images

Now, Cohen fears that Canadians’ first exposure to the regime may have given them the wrong impression of such deals.

“Anecdotally, I’ve heard that everyone is nervous about the diet. I certainly hope that enough time has passed and that our prosecution service and the RCMP are professional enough to look beyond this first case, ”he said.

Cohen believes that Canada is entirely acceptable for a public registry of beneficial ownership transparency, which would allow the public, governments and law enforcement to quickly find out who the real owner of an organization that would otherwise be. considered an empty shell.


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