Canada and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act


Last Friday, on the weekly Compliance Week podcast, Compliance Week Editor Matt Kelly interviewed Michael Morrison, partner in the Calgary law firm of Blake, Cassels and Graydon on the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. The CFPOA was passed in back in 1999. However, up until this year, there was only one enforcement action under the legislation involving a Canadian company and no prior enforcement actions against individuals. The Canadian government, as a signatory to the OECD Treaty Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, felt an obligation to actively enforce its foreign anti-corruption and anti-bribery statute. This led to the funding for and creation of two RCMP units dedicated to enforcing the act, in 2008.

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