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The due diligence review was done by
the CCC to determine whether SNC-Lavalin
had the financial, managerial, technical and
ethical business capabilities to execute the
SNC-Lavalin and 100 of its subsidiaries
have been banned by the World Bank from
bidding on contracts funded by the bank
because of the current corruption scandal.
However, in a letter obtained by the
Guardian, CCC president Marc Whittington
told Udecott's chairman Jearlean John that
everything was above board with the com-
"SNC-Lavalin has taken the necessary
steps to prevent further illegal or unethical
business practices, in line with international
guidelines and best practices in the pre-
vention of bribery and corruption," Whit-
Based on the review, Whittington said:
"There is no evidence of any unethical busi-
ness practices from SNC-Lavalin's involve-
ment in the Penal hospital project for phase
one (the development portion) or phase two
"There is a high degree of confidence
that SNC-Lavalin's internal controls will
ensure that the Penal hospital construction
will be well managed."
Whittington said the CCC was "pleased
to now be in a position to move the project
to the next stage."
He added: "We provide the assurance
that SNC-Lavalin has demonstrated to us
their commitment to professional and highly
ethical business practices."
Whittington said the CCC was prepared
to present the results of the review and con-
tinue negotiations on the project.
On May 1, 2012, Udecott signed a frame-
work agreement with the Canadian gov-
ernment to design the hospital at Clarke
Contacted yesterday, John said she had
received the CCC report this week. She had
written to the CCC twice before about the
due diligence review.
"I will have to see whether there is any
merit to meet. If they completed the due
diligence review all they have to do is send
us their report," John said.
Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley has
called for an end to the contract.
"SNC-Lavalin seems to have qualified in
the eyes of this Government, as a corrupt
company," Rowley told reporters during a
walkabout in Point Fortin on Thursday night.
"We get the impression that Government
is excited to deal with SNC-Lavalin because
they have been told, and there is information
that SNC-Lavalin pays bribes, so they are
Rowley said the people of T&T should
insist that all dealings with SNC-Lavalin
"How could a company that is banned
by its own government even be considered
for doing a contract, far less a government-
to-government contract?" Rowley asked.
"Our Government should be ashamed
of jumping into that arrangement rather
than examining it carefully."
He said while Canada is T&T's closest
partner, T&T's Government must be care-
"We are very surprised that the Canadian
government will allow its name to be called
in such an arrangement. There is no way
we will ever be comfortable that we got a
good and honest deal with SNC-Lavalin,"
"A company like Lavalin is cause for con-
cern and we are demanding that the Gov-
ernment stop the project and start from
scratch with proper arrangements in place."
Diego Martin North/East MP Colm
Imbert has filed a motion in Parliament to
discuss the issue.
Rowley: Stop contract
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In yesterday's paper, the wrong photo and
byline appeared with Gillian Lucky's column Full
Our apologies to Ms Lucky, to our senior
reporter and columnist Gail Alexander, whose
photo and byline were used in error, and of
course to our confused readers.
On Wednesday a letter by Mary King (p27)
was also wrongly attributed.
We apologise to Ms King and to readers.
Sonny Ramadhin, the mystery spinner, was in
fact a right-arm bowler (Cornerstones,
GETTING IT RIGHT
Workmen started restoration work on the Mille Fleurs building on Queen's Park East, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. The Mille Fleurs
Estate which was originally built in 1904 is one of the nation's oldest and most historic homes and one of the Magnificent Seven
buildings. PHOTOS: MARYANN AUGUSTE
A 36-year-old woman appeared in court yesterday
charged with receiving $5.5 million using a bogus
document tendered to the Office of the Prime Min-
Gail Francis pleaded not guilty to the charge when
she appeared before Magistrate Christine Charles in
the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court.
She is jointly charged with her husband Raymond
Francis, who has not yet been arrested.
Attorney Martin George represented Francis.
It is alleged that Francis, a housewife of Millford
Road, Scarborough, Tobago, and her husband, trading
as Francis Rentals Limited, received the sum after
tendering a forged document which purportedly
emanated from the Office of the Prime Minister to
The offence is alleged to have occurred between
March 20 and 22.
Francis was denied bail after the police prosecutor
indicated that they had not yet completed a tracing.
Francis is scheduled to return to court on Monday.
No bail for woman
on fraud charge
WHAT IS THE CCC
Established in 1946, the Canadian
Commercial Corporation (CCC) is a
federal crown corporation mandated
to facilitate international trade on
behalf of Canadian industry,
particularly within government
According to the CCC's Web site, the
corporation's business lines are
structured to support Canadian
companies contracting in a variety of
industries and sectors. Under a
arrangement with Canada, the CCC
has the authority to select any
contractor based on a due diligence
In an earlier interview, Moonilal said
the T&T Government will benefit from
preferential rates and conditions and
this was why it embarked on this
project with the CCC's approval.
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