(July 23, 2004) The World Bank has blacklisted its first multinational, debarring Canadian engineering company Acres International from new contracts for three years.
(July 23, 2004) Acres International was barred from seeking World Bank contracts for three years after the lender said Acres bribed government officials in the African nation of Lesotho to get favorable treatment on a water project.
(July 23, 2004) The World Bank has sanctioned Acres International Limited (Acres), a Canadian company, as a result of corrupt activities related to its Bank-financed contract associated with the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
(July 23, 2004) The World Bank announced today it had blacklisted the Canadian engineering company Acres International for three years for corruption in a massive bank-financed dam project in Lesotho.
(June 22, 2004) In a case kept quiet until now, Canada’s biggest engineering firm, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., has emerged as the first major Western firm known to have been punished for fraud by one of the giant international agencies that finance development in poor countries.
(May 1, 2004) Kenya is known as the "country of bribes." Yet multinational corporations are often implicated. Courts in Lesotho convicted two western companies of bribing their way into contracts for a dam construction project. An extract from Fifty Facts That Should Change the World (Icon Books)
(March 23, 2004) "This is a monumental case for the future of corruption in international development projects, especially World Bank projects" and a "moment of truth" for the World Bank, said Patricia Adams of Canadian group Probe International.
(March 16, 2004) The World Bank has formally reopened a corruption inquiry into a leading Canadian engineering company, which could lead to the first blacklisting of a major international firm.
(March 12, 2004) A draft United Nations report says Canada should consider paying reparations for the immigrant tax once levied on Chinese and to blacks ousted from a town in 1970.
(February 20, 2004) Canada’s auditor general dropped a bombshell on the country’s ruling Liberal government last week in a report roundly condemning it for the misuse of at least CDN$100 million in public funds.
(February 18, 2004) Liberal MP Dennis Mills says the sponsorship scandal is like a cancer eating away at the party – and the public trust.
(February 18, 2004) Astonishingly, Canada has no such "whistle-blower" law to shield people from reprisals, unlike the United States, Great Britain and Australia. The government is planning to introduce a draft bill by late March.
(February 17, 2004) Describing the Liberals as "corrupt" has caused several days of hand-wringing and backroom debate among senators in the Upper Chamber, but the term will be front and centre for a full day of debate today in the House of Commons.
(February 17, 2004) Canadian officials at international summits are fond of lecturing their counterparts from poorer countries on the debilitating effects of corruption. Now opposition politicians say Canada has produced a corruption scandal to call its own.
(February 12, 2004) If the stale Liberal party can emerge from this mess with a fresh majority mandate this spring, Canada is indeed a nation with too many cheques and not enough balances.