'Lobbied to death': Liberals face backlash over corporate responsibility ombudsman
Human rights organizations are accusing the Liberal government of bending to corporate interests after Ottawa revealed new details of its plans to create a watchdog to investigate complaints about Canadian companies operating abroad.
At a press conference, Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr named Sheri Meyerhoffer, a Calgary lawyer with ties to the energy industry, to act as the country’s first Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise.
Meyerhoffer is responsible for investigating human rights complaints against Canadian mining, energy and garments companies that operate in other countries. But Carr said lawyers still need to study whether the office will be able to force companies to turn over documents or compel witnesses to testify.