Canadian foreign minister speaks out over fraud
ALGIERS, Algeria - Canada's foreign minister is distancing himself from SNC-Lavalin, the Canadian engineering and construction company being investigated over corruption charges in Algeria.
Speaking at a joint news conference with his Algerian counterpart in Algiers, John Baird said: "This company does not represent all Canadian businesses, which give huge importance to ethics ... It is obvious that they must pay for their actions through the courts."
SNC-Lavalin is charged with awarding contracts in Algeria in exchange for bribes.
Baird said that Canada was determined to fight corruption, and added that his country recently adopted an anti-corruption law.