Arthur Porter accuses Quebec, Ottawa of persecuting him

Ex-head of the MUHC Dr. Arthur Porter says he is being persecuted by Canadian and Quebec authorities.

Porter is fighting extradition from a Panama prison where he's been detained for over a year in connection with fraud charges he's facing here.

A letter containing the allegations said to be written by Porter is posted on a website called Ilegal in La Joya created by Porter's family in support of him and refers to his prison situation.

The letter lists 11 points addressing the issue of why Porter hasn't returned to Canada to answer to the charges. 

The letter says the Quebec government has tried to seize Porter's assets "without a trial or judgement of any kind." It goes on to say that the case was put before the Charbonneau Commission to further fan the flames of guilt. It accuses the commision hearings of presenting "one-sided disclosures and wild sensational statements."

The letter also accuses the federal government of blocking attempts to get medical help for Porter who says he is suffering from a terminal cancer.

The letter ends by saying, "I wonder what Quebec or Canada will try to do to me or my family next?"

A contract to build the new MUHC hospital is the subject of alleged fraud of $22.5 million that prosecutors say involve Porter and seven other people, including former SNC-Lavalin executives, as well as his wife who is out on bail and living in Montreal.

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  1. markR posted on 08/18/2014 09:33 AM
    Solution is simple Mr. Porter, come back to Canada and defend your position. If you are truly innocent, your high priced lawyer will get you off. If the allegations turn out to be correct, then you go to jail and serve your time while getting treatment that you need at the taxpayer's expense once more.
  2. WILLinMTL posted on 08/18/2014 05:14 PM
    This scoundrel is looking well for a guy was supposed to be Walking Dead a year ago. If he's so innocent, come back to Canada without worry and fight the charges. Otherwise stop complaining and stay in Panama. Nicer weather and not costing Canadian taxpayers.
  3. Murray posted on 08/18/2014 09:36 PM
    A yr ago I discussed Porter with someone as high as can be on the board of the MUHC. Let him enjoy Panama. Nice place to be in prison and the cost to QC taxpayers is nada! :o)
    1. joeN posted on 08/19/2014 01:47 PM
      @Murray Hey Murray would that someone be the same handful of hypocrites that rode Porter's coat tails and were enablers to his scheme?
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