A report by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad says organized crime is clearly involved in the province’s road construction industry and that political parties are secretly financed by the industry, Radio-Canada television reported Wednesday.
The report, which is the fruit of a year and a half long investigation confirms that prices are routinely and artificially inflated by engineering consulting companies and that cost overruns are common among contractors.
The ministry of transportation is lax at challenging prices, and whenever the ministry does challenge an invoice, the companies know to launch a civil suit because the ministry usually settles out of court.
The report establishes a direct link between the road construction industry and secret financing of political parties. The report does not name individuals or firms involved in these transactions as its mandate is only preventive