PEI

Feds probe P.E.I. immigrant investor bribery claims

The Canada Border Services Agency says its investigators were on P.E.I. this week to interview the three women who raised concerns last month about the province's immigrant investor program.

Investigators interview women who allege PNP wrongdoings

The Canada Border Services Agency says its investigators were on P.E.I. this week to interview the three women who raised concerns last month about the province's immigrant investor program.

During the P.E.I. election, the three former provincial government workers — Susan Holmes, Cora Plourd and Lana Tenetko — held a news conference to expose allegations of bribery and fraud within the Provincial Nominee Program.

They claimed senior bureaucrats in the Liberal government exerted pressure on them to approve immigrant applications that should never have been accepted.

Laurie Gilmore, a spokeswoman with the CBSA, said while she can't discuss this case, any allegations are taken seriously.

"The CBSA officers will investigate. They conduct field visits and then they interview any of the parties involved and look at whether or not there is, you know, a case," said Gilmore.

"It includes investigation of individuals who misrepresent information in immigration applications, or people who counsel others to do so."

Holmes said it was a relief to be interviewed by a government agency from off-Island, especially one that specializes in immigration.

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