The engineering firm Dessau has agreed to provide the Receiver General for Canada $ 40,000 for illegal political donations that were paid between 2005 and 2008 the Liberal Party of Canada and the Conservative Party through nominees.
“Dessau is aware of the gravity of the facts at issue and is committed to taking appropriate measures to ensure full respect for the law,” the firm wrote in a statement published on the home page of its website Internet.
According to the Commissioner of Canada Elections, “a now deceased individual” would as part of his duties as Vice President of Finance of a subsidiary of the company solicited political contributions. These contributions were then redeemed at their expense allowance.
“All members of the previous management who were involved in the alleged activities are no longer employed by the applicant. Some have resigned, while others were dismissed, and the new members of the applicant’s management team were in no way involved in the alleged activities, “it said in a notice issued yesterday by the Commissioner in federal elections.
The electoral law provides that only Canadian citizens can contribute to federal coffers. Corporate donations are prohibited.
Normally, illegal political donations must be returned to the donors. In the agreement between Dessau and the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Dessau accepts that the amount is given to the Canadian government.
“The applicant has cooperated fully and in good faith with the investigation of the Commissioner; it has, in particular, facilitated the return of contributions at issue, providing investigators with the information commissioner identified the donors and their contributions, as well as entities that have benefited, “says the notice signed by the CEO of Dessau, Marc Verreault, and the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Yves Côté.
A well-known ploy
During the public hearings of the Charbonneau Commission, it has been shown that companies active in the field of construction often used their employees as nominees to fund political parties hoping to win public contracts in the future.
According to a literature conducted by the Commission, the staff of 12 major engineering firms paid more than 14.8 million to provincial political parties between 1998 and 2011.