Arrest warrant issued for another former Harper appointee: Arthur Porter wanted for fraud
The Globe and Mail has the story -- but note they've closed the comments section. All the more reason to discuss this here.
A health care executive who Prime Minister Stephen Harper once appointed to oversee the national spy agency is now a wanted man.
Quebec’s anti-corruption squad issued arrest warrants Wednesday for Dr. Arthur Porter and four other men embroiled in allegations of fraud swirling around the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal’s English-language hospital network.
Dr. Porter, the former head of the MUHC who sat on the Security Intelligence Review Committee from 2008 to 2011, and Yanai Elbaz, the MUHC’s director of redevelopment, face charges of committing fraud against the government, accepting bribes, and conspiracy.
Two high-profile former executives of Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, former CEO Pierre Duhaime and former construction head Riadh Ben Aïssa, are charged with fraud, conspiracy and paying bribes.
Dr. Porter was MUHC's head and the chief negotiator on the $1.3-billion contract granted to SNC-Lavalin in 2010 to build a massive new hospital for the network.
Dr. Porter oversaw and managed the MUHC for seven years. Mr. Harper appointed him in 2008 to the Security Intelligence Review Committee, which investigates complaints about Canada's spy agency. In 2010, Mr. Harper made Dr. Porter the chair of the committee.
In order to legally serve on the SIRC, Dr. Porter was sworn in as lifetime member of the Queen's Privy Council. The committee's own literature says the position comes with clearance to examine all information held by CSIS.
Also worth checking out the CBC news documentary on Porter.