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Bad week for private companies mining for profits in health care

This hasn’t been a good week for private companies mining big profits in Canada’s health system.

Quebec police are probing a hospital private-public partnership deal awarded to SNC Lavalin Group Inc according to the Globe and Mail.

Police raids took place at the McGill University Health Centre headquarters on Tuesday in what the Globe suggests will “threaten to tarnish one of Canada’s landmark private sector bids to build public infrastructure.”

The newspaper reports that up until recently, the project had been “overseen” by Riadh Ben Aissa, the former head of SNC’s construction division. Ben Aissa is presently in a Swiss jail in regard to allegations of corrupt payments to public officials in Africa.

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