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Could bridge collapses in Quebec be blamed on biker gangs in the province?

Submitted by on September 20, 2011 – 1:21 pmNo Comment

“The suspicions are persistent to the point that a criminal empire was on the verge of being consolidated in the area of road construction.”

Former Montreal police chief Jacques Duchesneau pulled no punches in the preamble of a scathing report leaked Wednesday that outlined the grip of organized crime on the construction industry in Quebec.

The report, penned during a government probe set up in February, 2010, by a team headed by Duchesneau, uncovered that biker gangs, engineers and mafia-controlled construction companies conspired, using kickbacks to government officials as a tactic, to inflate the cost of road-building projects.

The Ministry of Transportation’s anti-collusion squad, put in place following several recent bridge collapses in Quebec, also found those who failed to co-operate in collusion practices were “threatened or faced intimidation from their competitors.”

“We finance organized crime with taxpayers money to the tune of $4-billion a year,” said Stéphane Bergeron, Parti Québécois transportation critic. “These revelations are no longer just allegations. They are facts.”

Quebec Premier Jean Charest said that the leaked report shows his government is doing the right thing in the face of the province’s construction industry scandal.

“We are taking the right steps,” Charest said during a news conference in Montreal Friday.

Charest said the report highlights that investigators are closing in on the government officials responsible for the corruption.

“Part of our action plan is not just to do a sweep of the broom,” he said, “but also to clean house.”

Story by Rémi L. Roy

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