Health care provider Extendicare Canada Inc. and its subsidiary, Progressive Step Corporation, agreed in the year 2014 to repay $38 million (USD) to resolve allegations of abuse and grossly deficient care provided in the United States;
The basket of protections under existing statutes afforded to the Canadian government, and ultimately the taxpayer, is woefully inadequate;
The False Claims Act has been the most effective legal tool in combating fraud against the public purse in the United States, with billions of dollars being recovered every year; and
This legal tool has been so effective that 30 separate U.S. states have followed suit and implemented their own versions of the legislation, and Canadians deserve no less.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada and all its provinces, call upon the House of Commons to pass a Canadian False Claims Act to incentivize whistleblowers to bring credible information forward to government in order to facilitate the investigation of crimes and the recovery of lost proceeds.
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