Feds to cooperate with SNC-Lavalin probe

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)


, Last Updated: 4:03 PM ET

The federal government said on Monday it will cooperate fully with investigations into alleged wrongdoing at engineering firm SNC-Lavalin and provide consular assistance to a former executive under arrest in Switzerland.

“There are very serious allegations being made against this company, there are very serious investigations,” said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in Parliament.

“The government will do everything it can to support investigations and to be as helpful as we possibly can. Anyone who breaks the law should bear the full force of the law ... whether it be in Canada or abroad,” he said.

SNC-Lavalin said in March that it had uncovered payments of $56 million US made at the request of former executive Riadh Ben Aissa to “agents” on projects that did not exist. The company is also being investigated by Canadian police over bribery allegations regarding a bridge project in Bangladesh.

On Sunday it said it had received confirmation that Ben Aissa had been arrested in Switzerland. SNC is Canada’s biggest engineering company with operations in more than 100 countries.