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As the Government gets set to answer
questions in Parliament about SNC-
Lavalin s involvement in the Penal hospital
and rehabilitation centre contract, Cana-
dian authorities announced yesterday that
more executives of the troubled Canadian
conglomerate have been charged.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
reported yesterday that the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP) had charged Kevin
Wallace, a former senior vice-president of
Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin International
Inc (SLII), which has recently been dis-
Wallace is accused of being part of a
bribery scheme related to a $2.9 billion
development project in Bangladesh.
Also charged are Zulfiquar Ali Bhuiyan,
a Canadian citizen with business ties in
Bangladesh, and Abul Hasan Chowdhury,
a prominent lobbyist in Bangladesh.
The RCMP is now examining SNC s
Lavalin s involvement with other foreign
nationals, following an international bribery
Last year, police charged two lower-level
SNC-Lavalin employees, Mohammad Ismail
and Ramesh Shah, with conspiring to pay
bribes to help SNC-Lavalin win a super-
vising contract worth Can$50 million for
the Padma Bridge mega project. Both are
already awaiting trial in Toronto.
The latest round of corruption allegations
has tarnished Canada s international rep-
utation, as it is now ranked top on the World
Bank s corruption list. In a report, the World
Bank said out of the more than 250 com-
panies blacklisted from bidding on its global
projects under its fraud and corruption pol-
icy, 117 are from Canada. SNC-Lavalin and
its affiliates represent 115 of those entries.
Last April, SNC Lavalin and 100 of its
affiliates were banned from bidding on con-
tracts funded by the World Bank.
Following the international scandal, Diego
Martin North/East MP Colm Imbert filed
a motion in Parliament calling on the Gov-
ernment to terminate all existing contracts
In his motion, Imbert said the Urban
Development Corporation (Udecott), on the
recommendation of the Canadian Com-
mercial Corporation (CCC), signed a contract
in February 2013 with SNC-Lavalin to design
the $1 billion Penal hospital.
Saying "SNC-Lavalin is presently
embroiled in allegations and findings of
irregular payments to public officials, mis-
conduct, corruption and bribery in projects
in a number of developing countries," Imbert
has called on the Government to "cease and
desist from entering into any future con-
tractual relationships with SNC-Lavalin or
any of its affiliates."
He also recommended that the "procure-
ment process for the project as well as future
projects should be subject to open and trans-
parent competitive tendering."
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal has
said the Government will review its rela-
tionship with SNC Lavalin once the CCC
completes its due diligence review, which
is expected to be submitted later this month.
Govt's Penal hospital deal looks bleak as...
Derek Walcott, right, recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize for literature, chats with artist Che Lovelace at the Medulla art gallery in
Woodbrook on Wednesday after a poetry reading and a performance of an extract from his new play O Starry, Starry Night.
The play will be staged in Port-of-Spain in November, but Walcott, who is here for the T&T Film Festival, took the opportunity to
give theatre-lovers an early taste of what to expect. (See BC Pires' Film Festival picks on Pages B5 and B7) PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
From Page A1
the previous commission, those positions were
filled by Kenneth Parker and Jacqueline Cheesman,
respectively. Their terms expired on July 20, and
Armstrong and Achat-Saney were nominated to
replace them on the five-member commission.
Armstrong, however, is a development planner.
He has a first degree in environmental design, a
master s in urban and regional planning and a PhD
in developmental planning. He served as an Inde-
pendent senator for three years, from June 2010
to August 2013.
Achat-Saney became an attorney-at-law in 2012
and has a first degree in English literature and social
sciences and a master s degree in Education. She
was also principal of Fyzabad Composite School
and an in-service trainee at the Office of the Attor-
Dumas said the PSC was the only commission
which requires specific expertise, and as far as he
was aware, neither Achat-Saney nor Armstrong
was qualified or experienced in finance.
From the auditing and evaluation work done by
the PSC, he said, it was critical that people qualified
in human resource management should be included
in the PSC, since it would be critical to its efficient
and effective functioning.
Dumas said his concerns also extend beyond the
appointment of the new commissioners, since
while on paper there is a chairman, the commission
is not now in existence.
He noted that the PSC had very important
responsibilities to carry out, including the appoint-
ment of a commissioner of police and deputy com-
missioners. The Cabinet currently has before it a
plan to revisit how a police commissioner is selected.
The issue had come up in the wake of the appoint-
ment and resignation before his contract ended of
former CoP, Canadian Dwayne Gibbs.
Noting that Gibbs had failed to make a dent on
crime, some segments of society had criticised the
Government for giving foreigners more resources,
better salaries and security of tenure over locals,
but getting no results.
A review was subsequently set up by the Gov-
ernment to look at simplifying the process to
appoint a commissioner and deputy. That com-
mittee is chaired by Deosaran and includes Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan.
Contacted on the matter, both Ramlogan and
Moonilal said the matter of the nomination of the
two new nominees was the responsibility of the
President. But Dumas said he did not agree, as
Parliament had the final say.
He said the appointment of commissioners to
the PSC was not in the total discretion of the Pres-
ident, as it was the responsibility of the Parliament
to confirm the appointments. Dumas also noted
that the PSC was required to perform important
functions "and no PSC exists at this time."
"There is a PSC on paper but it does not really
exist," he said.
not qualified to
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