Mayor Gerald Tremblay confirms that the Surete du Quebec is investigating the $10.6 million contract to replace the city hall roof amid reports that the contractor was asked to pay a $40,000 bribe to keep the contract.
La Presse reports Tuesday that Paul Sauve, the contractor in charge of the project, was approached by a mafia figure who demanded $40,000 to pay off two city councilors in Tremblay's administration.
La Presse says Sauve never paid the bribe.
The mayor said police are examining the contract but he also fired back at La Presse in a lengthy diatribe during a news conference at City Hall on Tuesday morning.
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