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Critics take aim at Bombardier’s compensation pay; SNC makes offer for WS Atkins

Bombardier Inc.'s pledge to defer paying out more than half of last year's planned compensation for its six top paid executives until 2020 to placate angry Quebeckers doesn't go far enough, a shareholder rights group and opposition lawmakers said.

"The heart of the problem hasn't been resolved," Daniel Thouin, president of Montreal-based shareholder rights group Médac, said Monday. "The compensation is deferred but it's being maintained. In our opinion, nothing has really changed. We'll continue our push asking shareholders to vote against this."

"There is nothing to applaud here," said opposition lawmaker Amir Khadir of the Quebec Solidaire party. "Bombardier leaders seem incapable of understanding that what people are asking for is not to delay their bonuses, it's to renounce them definitively." Story

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DAILY DEALS

Canadian engineering and construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc has offered to buy WS Atkins for about 2.1 billion pounds ($2.6-billion), the British engineering and consultancy firm said on Monday. Story

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