Bringing Home the War to War Profiteer SNC in Montreal and Toronto...and Pledging Further Actions on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 17, 2005

NOV. 12, 2004 -- The illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq -- now responsible for more than 100,000 Iraqi deaths -- came home to employees of SNC-Lavalin in Montreal and Toronto this week as separate actions highlighted disgust that one of the company's subsidiaries, SNC-TEC, is currently under a major contract to supply bullets to the occupation forces.

SNC TEC, based in La Gardeur, Quebec, signed a May, 2004 supply contract with the US military for small calibre bullets. Working with a consortium of military companies led by General Dynamics, the contract was specifically linked to the needs of occupation forces in Iraq.

It is estimated that between 300 and 500 million additional bullets are needed per year, and will be for at least the next five years. The amount of ammunition being used by the US for killing people in Iraq has been so high that domestic suppliers can no longer keep up.

On Remembrance Day in Montreal, dozens of new posters suddenly appeared on bathroom walls throughout the company's headquarters. Showing scenes of torture, death and extreme

brutality experienced in occupied Iraq since the invasion, the

explicit photos were captioned, "Your job? My life!", and "SNC munitions killing Iraqis" (see Photos of Abu Ghraib torture recalled the Remembrance Day slogan "We will never forget".

The employees of 455 Rene-Levesque West, the headquarters of SNC (the same building which conveniently houses the U.S. consulate), were perhaps not aware of the involvement or even the existence of SNC Technologies. But the "civil" wing of this darling of the Quebec business world has itself done more than its part in creating conditions favourable to the rapid and unceasing sale of SNC TEC's deadly wares.

SNC-Lavalin, under a variety of names such as Defence Programs Inc or SNC ProFac, provides other support to Canada's military projects: in Afghanistan, for example, it provides all logistical support to Canadian troops maintaining the occupation and built the military base "Camp Julien".

The company's 2003 annual report happily remarks that "international [military] markets have been brisk," and that "in 2003, for the first time ever, our international sales surpassed our domestic sales." While a stronger Canadian dollar has harmed their U.S. prospects in the short term, the company is committed to enhancing "our productivity and our position in the world's largest defence market... [with] a range of products large enough to offer one-stop shopping."


And what an export market they have, including human rights violators Belarus, Algeria, Azerbaijan, and Iran. Those and numerous other countries have received the expertise of SNC, a company which promotes a "zero harm culture."

Through their subsidiary EXPRO TEC, they are also "the only company qualified to produce M30A2 propellant used in the US Navy's 155 mm Modular Artillery Charges." Canadians seriously wondering how they can force the empire into a bit of a spot now know one more place they can blockade (EXPRO is in Valleyfield, QC) to interrupt the war.

SNC is also an ardent promoter of privatization programs in Quebec and around the world. Notably, its President and Executive Director, Jacques Lamarre, sits on the Quebec Bosses Union, as well as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) - two organizations which lobby aggressively for free movement of (their) profits, the oppression of immigrants and refugees through a further militarization of borders and the further economic and military integration of Canada and the United States.

When Paul Martin's government announced last January that Canadian companies could bid on Iraq "reconstruction" contracts, the company spokesperson, Gillian MacCormack, expressed the

company's delight, "We believe that the fact that Canadian companies now have this opportunity is marvellous, and we are certainly interested."

At SNC, this "war on terrorism" increases the sales of weapons which are used to colonize and promote a devastating re-engineering of all aspects of the environment, health and vital infrastructure.



The day before Remembrance Day in Toronto, the Etobicoke headquarters of SNC was abuzz with news of SNC's bullet contract as well. Thanks to a company management which would rather batten down the hatches than have a dialogue with a small group of peaceniks, our message was received far more successfully than we could have hoped for.

Three weeks ago, Homes not Bombs wrote an open letter to the Toronto SNC employees explaining why we would be holding a vigil and asking them to enter a dialogue on divesting SNC-Lavalin of its munitions producer. The only response from the company was silence; they had turned this letter over to police forces.

Then, the day before the Toronto vigil, Homes not Bombs received an email from a sympathetic employee who alerted us to the fact that our open letter never made it to employees. But in a magical kind of way, an internal memo from the company President, Marylynne Campbell, essentially revealed to the employees what many did not know: that a brother company was producing tools of terror, and Homes not Bombs would be protesting this fact.

The language of the letter was one of fear, going straight from a description of the demonstration to a note on "security measures" to be taken, including the need for a security pass to enter and leave the building and use the elevators. Campbell advised employees to bunker down, forget about going out to lunch, and be prepared to stay in the building until the end of the day.

By providing the name of our group, employees were able to go to our website and figure things out for themselves, where many found our open letter.

Anyone who goes to the website ( and sees pictures of police busting the Easter Bunny at Loblaws or the Cowardly Lion laying down the law to police outside Canada's home of space warfare would begin to see the true nature of the threat posed by Homes not Bombs. And so in droves employees streamed out at lunch, many of them happy to take the flyers we presented and discuss the issue.

Few seemed fazed by the fact that a group of 15 demonstrators were matched by more than 15 police and private security, who used their squad cars to block up the east entrance. Deployed police on bicycles followed us as we moved strategically so all people in the building could see us.

While the police response was a tad flattering, we took solace in the fact that this meant it was probably a less stressful day for some of the division's poor and homeless residents, three of whom, we were told by some local residents, have apparently been shot by police in recent months (since SNC produces bullets for Canadian police, one wonders how many were taken down with SNC products).

One of the most consistent replies from employees was "we don't do that here," and "we are not involved." So where does the chain of responsibility get picked up? One employee who wrote to us said that, although sympathetic, there were fears about keeping one's job. Nevertheless, this individual suggested we urge SNC employees to stop buying company stock and sell off what they do own as a protest.

Of course, one could claim, for example, that this Toronto building and its hundreds of employees are far removed from the production of bullets in Quebec, but there in the 2003 annual report is a full page picture of the happy "Members of the Office of the President," with Toronto's Marylynne Campbell seated two pillows away from SNC TEC President Michael Novak.

Campbell writes to her employees, "While we respect the right of all people to voice their opinions, we feel that as long as the governments of Canada and other NATO countries have elected to have armed and police forces, these soldiers and police officers require munitions. SNC TEC personnel has been given the mandate to provide our own armed forces, our police forces, and those of other NATO countries with the very best equipment available, and we are proud of the high standard of work they carry out, as are these employees."

The language is curious, for what is strictly a profitable contract is suddenly a "mandate," and the existence of armed forces is magically turned into a choice that was part of some election!!??!!


At some point, though, someone has to be responsible for these bullets. With SNC-Lavalin revenues of over $3 billion last year, almost 10% of those revenues came from SNC TEC. Given that SNC's share of the war market represents only 10% of its revenues, it seems SNC could be vulnerable to a call for divestment.


1. Encourage municipal and provincial authorities to NOT sign contracts with any SNC subsidiary until SNC TEC and EXPRO TEC have been divested from the company (especially those city councils which passed anti-war resolutions in 2003).

2. Hold a vigil at a local SNC office (they are everywhere, listed below) encouraging employees to ramp up the pressure inside the office place. Let us not demonize those who work in accounting, but encourage them to act out their conscience and, with our support, build the support for divestment. Ask how their slogan, "For a Better World," is consistent with a product that kills.

It seems this has the potential for a very strong campaign which could garner the support of many of the corporation's employees, a portion of whom are no doubt horrified by the crimes in Iraq and SNC's role in those crimes. And so reaching out to those employees to encourage them to pressure their management just might have an effect.

3. Ask your MP why a Canadians firm is supplying bullets to murder Iraqis. Also ask if SNC-Lavalin's major donations to the Liberal Party are what may have prevented Liberals from speaking out on this contract.

Ultimately, what is taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan are war crimes. Canada's Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program clearly states, "A person is considered complicit if, while aware of the commission of war crimes or crimes against humanity, the person contributes directly or indirectly to their occurrence. Membership in an organization responsible for committing the atrocities can be sufficient to establish complicity if the organization in question is one with a single brutal purpose, e.g. a death squad."

On Monday, January 17, Martin Luther King Day, we at Homes not Bombs in Toronto will be engaging in nonviolent direct action at SNC-Lavalin's corporate headquarters.

We would like to encourage peace groups across the country to hold demonstrations at SNC locations listed below on that same day. No, these other branches may not be involved directly in the production of bullets, but it is not a defence under law to say that the right hand knows not what the left is doing when they are both connected to one body.

(report compiled by reports from Block the Empire, and Homes not Bombs)





1. Letter from SNC President to Employees

2. Homes not Bombs response

3. List of SNC locations




1. To all employees at SNC-Lavalin's Lakeshore Boulevard office:

We have been informed that a group calling itself "Homes not Bombs" is

planning a demonstration about the manufacture of munitions by our Defence

division, SNC Tec, at lunch time on Wednesday, November 10, 2004.

As part of security measures, you will be required to use your security pass

card to enter and exit the building and to use the elevators on November 10.

You may also want to consider bringing your lunch to work that day to avoid

having to leave the building before the end of the day. We apologise for any

inconvenience these arrangements may cause.

As you may know, SNC Tec's 1500 employees manufacture small, medium and large munitions for Canada's Armed Forces, for clients in the US and in

other NATO countries, as well as for the police forces of these countries.

They also manufacture munitions for simunition training for all these forces

- civil as well as armed - as well as propellants, which are used in the

manufacture of airbags for cars.

While we respect the right of all people to voice their opinions, we feel

that as long as the governments of Canada and other NATO countries have

elected to have armed and police forces, these soldiers and police officers

require munitions.

SNC Tec personnel has been given the mandate to provide our own armed

forces, our police forces, and those of other NATO countries with the very

best equipment available, and we are proud of the high standard of work they

carry out, as are these employees.

November 8, 2004

Marylynne Campbell

President, SNC-Lavalin Engineers and Constructors


2. Homes not Bombs

Canada should build homes, not blow them up

PO Box 73620, 509 St Clair Ave. West

Toronto, ON M6C 1C0

(416) 651-5800

NOVEMBER 10, 2004


Marylynne Campbell

President, SNC-Lavalin Engineers and Constructors

Dear Ms. Campbell,

We look forward to meeting you later today during our noon-hour nonviolent vigil at your headquarters. While we appreciate you informing employees about our impending presence, it dismays us that you did not distribute our open letter to your employees, both for the essence of our demonstration as well as its tone.

It is very clear in our letter to employees that ours is a nonviolent group interested in dialogue, not the kind of group that would keep employees inside the building at the expense of a lunch break.

Indeed, once you mention our gathering, you proceed to stating "As part of security measures," as if we pose a security threat. Already, your position is one which mirrors those who make war, which is to make this into an us-them confrontation instead of what it is clearly intended to be, an invitation to dialogue, to problem solving, to resolution of a conflict.

When we resort to fear and hiding behind closed doors because people ask simple questions, we enter the same state of anxiety which leads nations to construct walls, build weapons, and claim they are defending themselves against a "threat" which most are unfamiliar with, if it even exists.

As far as your position on the construction of the tools of terror, Canada has never held an election over such issues, so it is inaccurate to make it sound like the production of hundreds of millions of bullets has been arrived at in a democratic, legal fashion. Indeed, as the case of Diemaco has shown, when companies want to make a buck off of war and the rules do not allow them to do so, they simply lobby their sponsors in the government to make the changes required to enter the export market.

And those who DO use SNC's deadly products are engaged in illegal operations which not only violate the standard norms of international law, but also the basic rules of human decency. Indeed, the U.S. regularly targets electricity transmission facilities, water treatment plants, hospitals, schools, apartment buildings, and other civilian infrastructure (and openly admits it does so).

Here are two quick references for you which confirm the Pentagon's knowing destruction of civilian infrastructure: for further information on this crime.

It is easy for those of us who live in a country which has never faced such massive violence to sit back and pretend it is not our responsibility to put a stop to it. Those of us who have heard the voices of the victims, at least those who have survived such trauma, know it is far more complicated than you make it out to be. To say SNC has a mandate to provide armed forces with products that have only one purpose -- murder -- is to make it sound like a noble mission, but let's face some facts: SNC would not go out of its way to provide such weapons if it were not getting paid. This is a question of profits, not nobility, of a monetary contract, not a moral mandate.

It is because these issues are so complex that we again extend our nonviolent hand inviting dialogue.


The folks at Homes not Bombs


Calgary, SNC-Lavalin Inc., 605 - 5th Avenue SW - 14th floor, Calgary, Alberta T2P 3H5

Telephone :(403) 294-2100, Fax : (403) 294-2777


SNC-Lavalin ATP Inc., 1035 - 7 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 3E9

Telephone :(403) 539-4555

Fax : (403) 539-4554


Dartmouth, SNC-Lavalin Inc., 40 Fielding Avenue, Darthmouth, Nova Scotia

B3B 1E4

Telephone : (902) 468-6230

Fax : (902) 468-7864


Dollard des Ormeaux, SNC-Lavalin ProFac Inc., 3633 des Sources Blvd.

Suite 203, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec H9B 2K4

Telephone : (514) 683-7370, ext. 202

Fax : (514) 683-7172


Edmonton, SNC-Lavalin Inc., 10235 - 101 Street, Suite 608, Edmonton, Alberta

T5J 1G1

Telephone : (780) 426-1000

Fax : (780) 412-6288


Fredericton, SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Fredericton), 500 Beaverbrook Court

Fredericton, New-Brunswick E3B 5X4

Telephone : (902) 492-4544

Fax :(902) 492-4540


Halifax SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Maritimes), 5657 Spring Garden Road, Suite 200

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3R4

Telephone : (902) 492-4544

Fax : (902) 492-4540


Le Gardeur, SNC Technologies Inc. 5 Montée des Arsenaux, Le Gardeur, QC

J5Z 2P4


Longueuil, SNC-Lavalin Inc., General Engineering and Environment

2271, boul. Fernand-Lafontaine, Longueuil, Quebec, J4G 2R7

Telephone : (450) 638-6677

Fax : (450) 638-6425


SNC-Lavalin Audet (Agri-food Engineering), 2271 Fernand-Lafontaine West Longueuil, Quebec J4G 2R7

Telephone :(450) 677-1455

Fax :(450) 677-1489


Mississauga, Canatom NPM Inc. 2655 North Sheridan Way, Suite 180

Mississauga, Ontario L5K 2P8

Telephone :(905) 829-8808

Fax :(905) 829-8809



SNC-Lavalin Inc., 455 René-Lévesque Blvd. West Montreal, Quebec H2Z 1Z3

Telephone : (514) 393-1000

Fax :(514) 866-0739


SNC-Lavalin ProFac Inc., 1500 Ottawa Street, Suite 11, Montreal, Quebec H3C 4B2


Nexacor Realty Management Inc. 87 Ontario Street West, 2nd Floor

Montreal, Quebec H2X 1Y8


Mount Pearl, BAE-Newplan Group Limited, 1133 Topsail Road, P.O. Box 487

Mount Pearl, Newfoundland A1N 2W4

Telephone :(709) 748-2910

Fax :(709) 368-3541


Ottawa SNC-Lavalin Defence Programs Inc., 170 Laurier Avenue West

Suite 1100, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V5

Telephone : (613) 567-1948


Quebec City, SNC-Lavalin Piette, Audy, Bertrand, Lemieux et associés

5500, boul. des Galeries, Suite 200, Quebec City, Quebec G2K 2E2

Telephone :(418) 621-5500

Fax :(418) 621-9090



Lalonde, Girouard, Letendre et associés ltée, 84, rue Saint-Germain Est

Rimouski, Quebec G5L 1A6


Saint-Constant, Pellemon (1998) Inc., 35, rue Saint-Pierre, Suite 001

Saint-Constant, Quebec J5A 5A6

Telephone :(450) 638-6677

Fax :(450) 638-6425


Sarnia, SNC-Lavalin Engineers & Constructors Inc., Industrial

265 North Front Street, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7X1

Telephone : (519) 336-0201

Fax :(519) 336-0209


St-Laurent, St-Laurent National Project Office

555 McArthur St. Suite 1498, St-Laurent, Quebec

H4T 2C5

Telephone : (514) 840-3555

Fax : (514) 840-3555


SNC-Lavalin Energy Control Systems Inc., 2425 Pitfield Blvd.

St-Laurent, Quebec, H4S 1W8

Telephone :(514) 334-6780

Fax :(514) 334-2610


Thetford Mines, Fréchette LGL

69, rue Notre Dame Sud, Thetford Mines, Quebec G6G 1J4

Telephone :(418) 338-4631

Fax :(418) 338-6564


Toronto, SNC-Lavalin Inc., 2200 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto

M8V 1A4

Telephone : (416) 252-5311

Fax : (416) 231-5356


SNC-Lavalin Pharma Inc, 789 Don Mills Road, 10th Floor, Toronto, Ontario

M3C 1T5


SNC-Lavalin ProFac Inc., 304 The East Mall, Suite 900 ,Toronto, Ontario

M9B 6E2

Telephone : (416) 207-4724

Fax : (416) 207-4724


SNC-Lavalin ProFac Inc., 205 Wellington, Toronto, OntariO

M5V 3G7

Telephone : (416) 205-6802

Fax : (416) 205-5983




Pacific Liaicon and Associates Inc.

1075 W Georgia St. Suite 950, Vancouver, British Columbia

V6E 3C9

Telephone : (604) 605-5984

Fax : (604) 683-1672


Winnipeg, SNC-Lavalin Engineers & Constructors Inc.

200-1600 Ness Avenue, Madison Square, Winnipeg, Manitoba

R3J 3W7

Telephone : (204) 786-8080

Fax : (204) 786-7934



Office : 407 ETR

6300 Steeles Avenue West

Woodbridge, Ontario


L4H 1J1