Thursday, October 15, 2009

Corruption Allegations In The Bidding For Public Work Projects For Montreal

Montreal City Hall

Tremblay Angered Over Reports Of Construction Collusion -- Montreal Gazette

Mayor Gérald Tremblay and city council opposition leaders say they want a public inquiry if allegations of price fixing and collusion for public works projects among major Quebec construction firms are true.

A grouping of construction firms in the Montreal region nicknamed “the Fabulous 14” control almost 80 per cent of all bids, and have colluded to keep rates high, Radio-Canada reported yesterday. Construction costs for public works projects are 35 per cent higher than they should be in the Montreal area because of the collusion, costing taxpayers millions, according to a Radio-Canada investigation.

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My Comment: Hmmm .... this story broke out 3 weeks before the election .... expect more to come in the next few weeks.

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