SNC-Lavalin Lobbied Feds to “Level Playing Field” With Deferred Prosecutions, Chinese Firm With Controversial Track Record Wins Major Deal, and Canada to Roll Out $80 Million Procurement System
By Paul Emanuelli and Jenna Peacock
This week’s newsreel includes more details on SNC-Lavalin’s efforts to avoid prosecution, as well as a story about a Chinese construction company that won a major project notwithstanding its own controversial track record in international projects. In municipal news, Ottawa councillors challenged the secrecy of a new LRT deal, Prince Albert reversed a local preference plan to avoid litigation, and over 40 officials face federal charges in Detroit’s corruption scandal. In other news, Turkey spends billions in non-transparent procurement, the FBI investigates a $10 billion cloud deal, and Canada launches an $80 million procurement system.