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Cablegate: Additional Canadian Response to Demarche Regarding

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TAGS: ECON ETRD OECD KCOR CA
SUBJECT: ADDITIONAL CANADIAN RESPONSE TO DEMARCHE REGARDING
OECD WORKING GROUP ON BRIBERY

REF: A. STATE 197786
B. OTTAWA 3599

1. (U) Embassy Ottawa has received an additional Canadian
response to the OECD Working Group on Bribery demarche (ref
A) that the Embassy Economic Minister-Counselor delivered to
DFAIT official Mark Moher on December 15. The initial
response was reported in ref B.

2. (SBU) Begin text. Response to U.S. Embassy Demarche of
December 15, 2006 - OECD Working Group on Bribery

Canada would like to thank the U.S. for its demarche on the
OECD Working Group on Bribery (WGB).

Canada agrees that there is value in a robust peer review
process for the WGB. We also believe, however, that any
post-Phase II review must be clearly focussed on issues
identified by the WGB as necessary, and not seek to impose
the implementation of recommendations from countries' Phase
II evaluation - recommendations that are not, strictly
speaking, Convention obligations. The exact nature and
extent of this focus has yet to be agreed upon by members of
the WGB.

This process should be carefully targeted and should be
regularly reviewed to ensure that it is still valuable and
necessary. We must be careful to ensure that there is as
little overlap with the UNCAC as possible and that resources
for the WGB reflect the refined and streamlined vision that
the WSG has already expressed for post-Phase II.

Canada is in favour of greater sharing of law enforcement
experience, but notes that we are unable to share details of
ongoing investigations.

Canada too favours extending the application of the OECD
anti-bribery disciplines to the major emerging economies.

Canada has made clear our position on WGB budgetary matters.
We have expressed support for the extraordinary funds from
the CFP discretionary fund to meet legitimate needs relating
to planning the post-Phase II monitoring regime. Canada has
also indicated that we do not necessarily support the OECD
work program call for a 140K euro cut to the WGB. Canada
suggested that a cut may be possible, as we are looking at a
more streamlined review, but noted that we cannot possibly
know yet what amount of funds will be required.

Stephen Doust
Legal Officer
Criminal, Security and Treaty Division (JLA)
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
Lester B. Pearson Building
C-7
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
Tel: 613-995-7142
Fax: 613-944-0870
E-mail: stephen.doust@international.gc.ca

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