Wednesday, April 29, 2009

SHDM Saga Now A Police Matter

Mayor Gérald Tremblay listens to comments by a member of the public about the controversy over the water meter contract during city council meeting Monday night. Photograph by: Phil Carpenter, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

The saga of the city's real-estate arm is now a police matter.

The Sûreté du Québec will investigate bombshell findings by Montreal auditor-general Michel Doyon in his probe of property deals by the Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal, Public Security Minister Jacques Dupuis told the National Assembly yesterday.

That's just what Doyon urged in the conclusion of his 52-page report tabled at city council Monday night after his four-month examination of all real-estate transactions by the former municipal corporation. City officials close to Mayor Gérald Tremblay's Union Montreal party quietly privatized the SHDM two years ago, over the objections of the city's legal department.

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