Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada

Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada

May 26, 2006 09:31 ET

GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO RECOVER MORE SPONSORSHIP FUNDS

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2006) - The Government of Canada announced today that it is adding $7M to its civil lawsuit to recover sponsorship funds and two new defendants, Nicolas Gosselin and Alleluia, a subsidiary of a company already named in the Claim.

The government is also taking this opportunity to: restructure and format the Claim so that it is easier to understand; provide more details about the allegations; refine the amounts previously claimed ($1M); and comply with the Quebec Superior Court's order to remove certain information from the Claim.

As a result, the government is now claiming a revised total amount of $63M against 30 firms and individuals, jointly and severally. This amount does not include the $1.6M that has already been recovered through settlement agreements.

"This amendment is a direct result of the federal government's commitment to restore accountability and recover misused sponsorship funds," said the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services. "With this amendment, we are now including further allegations of fraud and the Government is showing Canadians that it is committed to protecting their hard-earned tax dollars."

A copy of the Claim for the Recovery of Funds can be obtained from Quebec Superior Court in Montreal located at the Palais de Justice, 1 Notre Dame East, Montreal, P.Q. The Statement of Claim will also be posted on PWGSC's website once it is available in both official languages.

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For updates on any developments concerning the status of the financial recovery, consult the PWGSC web site at: http://www.pwgsc.gc.ca/sponsorship/text/recovery-e.html

For more information, media may contact:

Nicole Babin
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Fortier
(819) 997-5421

Media Relations
Public Works and Government Services Canada
(819) 956-2315

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PWGSC news releases are also available on our Internet site at: http://www.pwgsc.gc.ca/text/generic/media-e.html
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  • Mario Baril
    Primary Phone: 819-956-2315