|(IAN GAUTHIER/QMI Agency)
MONTREAL — Quebec anti-corruption police on Tuesday arrested Jeremy Morris, who they believe was part of a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme involving the construction of McGill University's superhospital.
Police allege Morris funnelled bribes between SNC-Lavalin and hospital officials in order for the construction giant to receive the lucrative hospital building contract, which was worth over $1 billion.
Police arrested Morris at Montreal's international airport on his way back from the Bahamas, where he was believed to be living down the road from another man wanted in the case, the former head of the McGill University Health Care Centre, Arthur Porter.
Quebec police have accused the former CEO of SNC-Lavalin, Pierre Duhaime, as well as SNC's former executive vice-president, Riadh Ben Aissa, of conspiring with Porter, Morris and another superhospital official, Yanai Elbaz, to fix the hospital's contract-tendering process. Porter is still in the Bahamas and journalists have reported that he says he's too sick to return to Canada to face charges. Ben Aissa is believed to be in jail in Switzerland.