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LavScam a sign of the way things are done?

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According to World Bank data, bribery and corruption in developing countries amounts to $50 to $80 billion annually. When considered globally, that number jumps to $1 trillion, every year. That is a staggering amount of illicit activity which the World Bank estimates could feed 400 million starving people for 27 years. This is the international context of the SNC-Lavalin debacle, a Canadian corporation charged with defrauding the Libyan people of over $129 million according to Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

Anti-corruption efforts by the United Nations date back over 20 years with the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development Convention on Combatting Bribery in International Business Transactions. In 1998, Canada passed the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) to signal our commitment and satisfy the requirements of the Convention. Global Affairs Canada reports that there have been four convictions under the CFPOA and three cases are in the pipeline, two of them involving SNC-Lavalin. Interestingly, of the seven matters concluded, four are convictions, one was stayed and two ended in acquittals. Of a recognized persistent problem. In 20 years.

In 2007, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption........

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