MECC Raids Volkswagen Headquarters

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MECC) carried out a search warrant on Tuesday, raiding the headquarters of Volkswagen Canada. This search warrant comes after an international investigation on the company as a whole regarding Volkswagen’s efforts to install “cheat devices” to allow their vehicles to pass emissions tests.

A total of 24 MECC officers arrived at the Toronto Volkswagen Canada compound on Tuesday, starting at 9:30 a.m., looking for evidence regarding violations of Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act. The Canadian company isn’t necessarily the suspect in these violations, but the charges are against the parent company, Volkswagen AG.

“In any search warrant, there’s always a list of things we’re searching for, and if we find those things, yes, we’ll be seizing them,” said Warren Korol, MECC investigator.

Some of the 24 agents who arrived at the Volkswagen campus were computers experts from the Ministry of Finance.

The company seemed to be cooperating with the MECC’s investigation. The automaker’s PR Manager, Thomas Tetzlaff had this to say: “We’ll continue to co-operate with them until they have the information they require.”

The list of what the investigators were looking for within the search was not released to the public. Once the warrant is fully executed that list will be made public.

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Joe Mollen s is the lead editor for Quebec Daily Examiner. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.