I railed against the federal parliament for denouncing Macleans. Their headlines were correct. All the politicians in Quebec and Ottawa owe Martin Patriquin an apology. More from my friend Eric Duhaime.
On Tuesday, the federal government tabled its omnibus crime bill. If they’re serious about bringing justice back to this country, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives should instead tackle Quebec Premier Jean Charest’s mess.
A devastating report from the anti-collusion unit headed by Jacques Duchesneau, former Montreal police chief, on the corruption of the construction industry in La Belle Province was leaked last week.
The report might as well be called “Screwing the Quebec System for Dummies.”
After more than 2,500 hours of anonymous interviews with all the major players, the report concludes that if things keep going as they have been, if nothing is done soon, we will “not be talking any more about marginal or even parallel criminal activities; we could suspect infiltration or even taking of control of certain functions of the government or the municipalities” by influence peddlers.
Public infrastructure projects cost 30% more in Quebec than they do elsewhere in the country. Is that the extra price of cost-fixing? Is it the Mafia’s cut on top of the real market price?