Arthur Porter, former head of Canada’s spy agency watchdog, finally arrested


The twist-filled tale of Arthur Porter may finally be coming to a close.

The oncologist and former head of Canada’s spy agency watchdog was arrested with his wife, Pamela, in Panama, charged with multiple counts of fraud.

Porter, who resigned as CEO of McGill University Hospital Centre (MUHC) in 2011, is accused by Quebec police of accepting payments from SNC-Lavalin executives in exchange for securing a $1.3-billion MUHC construction contract.

During his time with MUHC, Porter was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to head the Security Intelligence Review Committee, a civilian body that monitors the activities of CSIS. The couple had been living in Nassau, Bahamas, where Porter said he was treating himself for terminal lung cancer.

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