Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign OfficialsPublished on 18 May 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Percy Downe
Hon. Percy E. Downe:
Honourable senators, I have a second good-news story to report in that the government announced they will proceed with the Magnitsky bill, which was driven in the Senate by our colleague Senator Andreychuk. Others who spoke on that in a very positive manner were Senators Wells, Moore, Frum, Gold, Saint-Germain, Woo and Duffy.
This bill was driven by the efforts of Bill Browder, and for those who have time over the summer and have not read the book yet, I urge you to read Red Notice. It is available from the Parliamentary Library. If you don’t feel like spending the money, you can get it on loan. It’s an incredible story about the corruption and problems in Russia currently, and this bill hopefully will address those things.
I will conclude by quoting the Honourable Irwin Cotler, the former Minister of Justice, who appeared before our committee and said:
. . . the importance of the naming and shaming of human rights violators so that they cannot, in effect, leverage their culture of criminality and corruption and come to Canada, purchase houses here, vacation here and send their children to schools here and to launder their assets. In other words, we need to protect the integrity of our country’s sovereignty, economy and our rule of law.
With the leadership of Senator Andreychuk and the other senators who spoke, it appears we have done that.
Thank you, colleagues.