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In an interesting statement made yesterday, the Federal Government announced that it was extending the list of offences that will render companies and individuals ineligible from bidding on Government contracts to include money laundering, participating in criminal organization activities, tax evasion (income and excise tax), bribing foreign public officials and drug trafficking.  These new additions have been added to an existing list, which includes certain Criminal Code fraud offences against the Government and a number of Competition Act offences (including conspiracy and bid-rigging).

In making the announcement, the Government said:

“Our Government continues to stand up for accountability by ensuring we do business with companies that respect the law and act with integrity,” said Minister Ambrose. “We are taking action to protect taxpayers from fraudulent companies who seek to do business with the Government of Canada.”

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