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March Madness Caps Winter of Scandals

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March Madness Caps Winter of Scandals

The month of March brought a record-breaking blizzard of reported spending scandals, shaking the confidence of Canadian taxpayers from coast-to-coast with highlights that included the following top ten stories:   10. PEI Senator Mike Duffy Allegedly Vowed Revenge: As reported in the National Post, a recently published book by Dan Leger entitled Duffy: Stardom to Senate to […]

Competition Bureau Raids Quebec Firms

The latest chapter in the ongoing Quebec municipal construction saga saw the federal Competition Bureau raid the offices of over a dozen Montreal-area construction firms this week in an attempt to gather evidence of bid rigging. A report in CBC News confirmed that: The Competition Bureau of Canada seized evidence from several Montreal-area construction firms Tuesday as part of a […]

Kickbacks and No-Shows in Ongoing Quebec Saga

A story in CBC News detailed a Radio-Canada investigation that uncovered an apparent kickback scheme which saw $1.5 million in illicit payments routed through Swiss bank accounts in exchange for the award of a $127 million contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge: Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête has uncovered a money trail suggesting that almost $1.5 million in suspected kickbacks ended […]

Charbonneau Highlight: Drive-By Bidding

As reported by the Montreal Gazette, testimony from Charbonneau Commission revealed how public bid openings can be exploited by unscrupulous parties to facilitate bidder intimidation and stifle open competition: The list of construction contractors who claim they were relentlessly stalked, intimidated and even physically assaulted after attempting to bid on public contracts in Montreal grew at the […]

Montreal Mayor Toppled By Corruption Charges

A CBC News story reports that the mayor of Montreal has resigned after being arrested and charged with 14 fraud and corruption-related offences.  The report notes that there are no immediate plans for a direct provincial takeover of the battered municipality: The province and the majority of municipal councillors have said the city should select […]

Quebec Cabinet Approves Laval Takeover

The Montreal Gazette reports that the Quebec government has taken direct control over the city of Laval, Quebec’s third-largest municipality, in the wake of an ongoing and escalating procurement scandal in the province involving the construction industry and municipal government procurement: The measure was imposed after the latest in a string of corruption  allegations levelled against the city […]

Mass Arrests in Quebec Corruption Scandal

As reported by CTV News, the former mayor of Laval was one of dozens of individuals arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad as part of the province’s expanding municipal corruption scandal: Gilles Vaillancourt, the former mayor of Laval, is among a group of 37 facing  a slew of charges ranging from fraud to gangsterism after a series […]

Montreal Bans Bid Rigging Firm for Five Years

A story in The Gazette reports that the City of Montreal has imposed a five year ban on a firm that admitted to having engaged in collusion to rig the award of city contracts and inflate the related costs: Dessau has been officially disqualified from bidding on public contracts with  the city of Montreal for […]

Montreal Awards Contract to Firms Named in Corruption Scandal

A story in the Toronto Star reveals that the City of Montreal has decided to award an emergency pothole repair contract to a construction consortium that includes firms named in the Charbonneau Commission municipal corruption scandal: Interim Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum went so far as to conduct an online poll to judge the city’s mood […]

Changes by Former Mayor Paved Way for
Political Interference in Montreal

An article in the Montreal Gazette details the history of changes in city processes that led to Montreal’s current culture of political interference in contract awards: Until the mid-1990s, a Montreal city councillor wasn’t allowed to phone a municipal civil servant, much less step foot inside a bureaucrat’s office. The separation between the political branch […]

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