From today’s Toronto Star:
“The incendiary testimony of Michel Lalonde suggested that big, even publicly traded, engineering firms were complicit in the cartel like practices previously ascribed to lower-level construction companies in that province.
“The president of Genius Conseil Inc. said the group of companies selected him as a go-between with Montreal city officials, and he pointed at firms of varying sizes as participants in the system including: Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin, Dessau, CIMA, Genivar, Tecsult, SM, BPR and Roche.
“He said the companies were expected to cough up donations to the city’s ruling political party.
“We had to talk if we wanted to make sure that we could split up the contracts and assure that we understood the political donation obligations we had,” Lalonde explained to commission counsel Denis Gallant.
SNC – Lavalin, as in the Canadian company;
- with high ranking employees up for corruption charges around the world,
- also likely to be charged in Canada according to recent reports,
- the company chaired by Gwyn Morgan, frequent Vancouver Sun Op-ed contributor, who is;
- Campaign co-chair and now advisor to Premier Christy Clark.
Makes sense to me.
This just in from the National Post:
“The son of dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi was paid $160-million in kickbacks for steering major contracts in Libya to SNC-Lavalin, Canada’s biggest engineering and construction company, police are alleging, adding some of it paid for luxury yachts.
“An RCMP search warrant document unsealed Friday said the bribes were paid to Saadi Gaddafi by Riadh Ben Aissa, who was then vice-president of Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin. Mr. Ben Aissa has since left the company and is now jailed in Switzerland.
“In the sworn statement, the RCMP also implicated Mr. Ben Aissa and former SNC-Lavalin controller Stéphane Roy in an alleged plot to smuggle Mr. Gaddafi and his family to Mexico as the Libyan dictatorship was falling to NATO-backed rebels in 2011.
“The 59-page RCMP statement was used last April 11 to obtain a warrant to search the Montreal headquarters of SNC-Lavalin.
All on Gwyn Morgan’s watch. Can you imagine the stories if he had chaired Adrian Dix’s leadership campaign?