RCMP probed appointment of Arthur Porter to spy watchdog

The RCMP investigated the Conservative government’s appointment of Arthur Porter to Canada’s intelligence oversight agency after allegations surfaced the physician was involved in a kickback scheme in Montreal, The Globe and Mail has learned.

Dr. Porter made high-profile friends in the Conservative Party after he arrived in Canada from the United States in 2004 to run the McGill University Health Centre. He eventually got the attention of the Prime Minister’s Office, which invited him to sit on the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) in 2008.

Dr. Porter died this week in Panama, where he was fighting extradition on charges of fraud and bribery laid in 2013.