CBC April 3, 2019
Export Development Canada launches review of 2011 deal with engineering company
Export Development Canada has hired outside legal counsel to review some of its dealings with SNC-Lavalin. The review comes after a company insider told CBC News the engineering giant secured billions in loans from the Crown agency over the years, some of which he alleges was intended to pay bribes.
If true, it could mean taxpayers have unwittingly backed illegal payments.
Export Development Canada is a federal agency that provides financing and insurance to Canadian businesses operating abroad.
The insider, who worked on several large projects funded by EDC, claims it was an “open secret” within SNC-Lavalin that “technical fees” listed in budget proposals included cash to be used as bribes to secure international contracts.