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From The Montreal Gazette November 15, 2011

MONTREAL – The board of directors of the McGill University Health Centre is intensifying its control over its embattled chief executive officer, Arthur Porter, The Gazette has learned.

Although the board appeared to reaffirm its support Monday of Porter as head of the MUHC, it set up a new special committee to work with him in his remaining 4½ months in office.

And that committee “has been asked to report to the board on a high-priority basis,” according to a statement released by the MUHC.

The board acknowledged that although Porter had disclosed his outside business activities to the MUHC, “the time demanded by such activities now appears to be more than originally anticipated.”

Porter’s business dealings came under sharp scrutiny last week after the National Post reported that he wired $200,000 in personal funds last year to an international arms lobbyist based in Montreal for an infrastructure deal in his native Sierra Leone.

That deal ultimately fell through, but the revelations led to Porter’s resignation as chairman of Canada’s Security and Intelligence Review Committee, the country’s spy watchdog.

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