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May 10, 2013

Quebec’s anti-corruption squad Gangsterism charge sends clear message.

One Former mayor of Laval, Gilles Vaillancourt slapped with gangsterism charges, one bad political party disbanded: all on the same day. The party that won Montreal’s last municipal election , the Union Montreal party, which has won every election in the newly merged  post-2001 mega-city was dissolved .


Finally Quebec’s anti-corruption squad, UPAC, added a new spin on fin-de-régime Thursday by busting the Former mayor of Laval, Gilles Vaillancourt, and the arrests of 36 Laval business people, former civil servants and political supporters. If convicted, on charges of gangsterism and money-laundering. Vaillancourt and others would receive longer prison sentences . The gangsterism charge alone, designed by legislators for biker gangs and mobsters, distinguishes the latest endeavour to sweep up municipal corruption from every other official probe of that sort of wrongdoing over the last century. Suddenly it sounds like the authorities are serious about ending — rather than merely stalling — the work of necktied-conspirators who’ve run amok in Quebec’s municipal world since at least 1905. It is time these and many other municipal  government related criminals faced real jail time as well as returned the Money they stole from the taxpayer’s .. and when convicted they should also lose their pensions accrued on the Job..  Much more arrests are still need too.


The embattled former mayor of Laval, Que., appeared in court this afternoon to face 12 charges, including conspiracy, fraud, influence peddling, breach of trust and gangsterism. Anti-corruption crusader and Coalition Avenir Québec MNA Jacques Duchesneau says this is the first time in Quebec’s history that a politician has faced charges of gangsterism. One of the gangsterism charges Vaillancourt faces carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Jacques Duchesneau, the one-time anti-collusion investigator who now is a Coalition Avenir Québec MNA, says some names are missing from the list of 37 people arrested Thursday on charges of gangsterism and fraud. Duchesneau called the arrests, and charges of gangsterism, “a great day for  justice in Quebec,” but “a sad day for democracy.” UPAC has been criticized by opposition politicians because big-name arrests were  slow in coming.


Vision Montreal’s Louise Harel is calling for a restitution fund to oblige firms that bilked Montreal taxpayers of roughly $300 million to give some of it back.  “Montrealers deserve to recoup the money that was stolen from them.”


so what is the RCMP and the federal government doing about all these vast  corruptions even? Nothing again?


and is this rather a diversion…   the Parti Quebecois, suddenly, expresses serious concerns about Quebec corruption inquiry?   The Quebec voters are watching, listening and they really now do  not like the bad  smell coming from the PQ.   Premier Pauline Marois and her deputy are essentially now trying to  tell a judge to “watch her step” when  very damaging real evidence is also now being  presented that shows that the PQ party itself is corrupt. So Premier Pauline Marois is basically falsely now saying, be cautious when it comes to testimonies that  have anything to do with PQ.  Premier Pauline Marois’s comments are POLITICAL interference.  Premier Pauline Marois is attempting to steer the  course of an judicial investigation.  Premier Pauline Marois said NOTHING when Liberal were being  attacked at the Charbonneau Commission, but now that the PQ are being attacked,  it is a different story.  Premier Pauline Marois has shown her bias as to what is being said at  the commission.  Premier Pauline Marois will interfere when her party is being attacked.  This  is not right.  Premier Pauline Marois was the one who stepped out of line by  essentially telling a judge to “watch it”., she here has damaged her reputation and the reputation of the PQ party. ” Typical PQ backtracking.. First they say they won’t interfere and now they are  telling the commission how to proceed. Hmmm wonder why?” “The PQ’s were  pushing for this inquiry when the Liberals were in power…..    Now we have some “dirty laundry’ we want to hide ???  so back off ????  “

Meanwhile A Senate committee report released Thursday recommends that Liberal Senator Mac Harb and Independent Senator Patrick Brazeau repay housing and mileage claims for the past two years, and that their expenses should be monitored for the next year.  The report recommends that Harb must repay $51,000 for housing and mileage claims dating from April 2011, and Brazeau must repay $48,000. As well, Harb’s expense claims will be audited for a seven-year period before 2011.  The report also noted that Conservative Senator Mike Duffy has already repaid money for housing expenses he submitted based on his claim that his primary residence is in P.E.I. The report explained that Duffy had written to the head of the Senate committee stating he “may have made a mistake” in filling out his expense forms. Duffy’s claims will also be monitored for the next year.. Harb, Brazeau and Duffy claimed tens of thousands of dollars in housing allowance claims in recent years. However, the Deloitte audit also found that Duffy improperly claimed expenses for a Florida trip. “Included in these claims were twelve (12) days of per diems during the period where Senator Duffy appears to be located in Florida, United States, for a total amount of $1,050.60 (12 days at $87.55 per day),” the audit said. In question period Thursday, Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair dismissed the Senate’s response to the issue as a “fraud.” “Even the bogus investigation by his handpicked cronies in the Senate found that Mike Duffy does not maintain a primary residence on Prince Edward Island,” Mulcair said in a question to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A fourth senator, Pamela Wallin, is also being audited by Deloitte, but the firm has asked for more time to complete its report on her travel expenses between Ottawa and Saskatchewan.

But how many of the bad senators will even face any jail time?

Mike Duffy made secret deal with Harper’s chief of staff during audit Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff secretly intervened to help  Conservative Sen. Mike Duffy pay back tens of thousands of dollars in improperly  claimed expenses while an external audit was still underway, CTV News has  learned.Two months before the audit was released, Harper’s top advisor Nigel Wright  had a PMO lawyer work on a letter of understanding with Duffy’s legal  counsel.Sources told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that the deal involved  Duffy reimbursing taxpayers in return for financial help and a promise from the  government to go easy on him.  But Liberals accused the Tories of whitewashing Duffy’s expense reports. They  also questioned why the audit of Duffy’s expense claims did not mention that the  Senate rules were clear about primary residence claims. That was mentioned in  Brazeau and Harb’s audits.

Duffy, Liberal Sen. Mac Harb and Independent Sen. Patrick Brazeau were all  audited over concerns about their housing allowance claims. Senators can claim an annual housing allowance of up to $22,000 if their  primary residence is more than 100 kilometres outside of Ottawa. Harb has claimed as his primary residence a bungalow in Westmeath, Ont., but  neighbours told CTV earlier this year that no one seems to live in the house  year-round. He was ordered to repay $51,482, including interest, for the period  from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013. Brazeau claimed his father’s address in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary  residence, despite the fact that it is believed he lived in a home in Gatineau,  a short drive from Parliament Hill. He must pay back $48,744, including  interest. Both Harb and Brazeau have said that they will fight the Senate’s repayment  orders.
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and who says politicians are not dirty?


August 6, 2012

Quebec election: No money AVAILABLE for university students


Ironically and hypocritically  while the  Liberal Quebec Premier Jean Charest faced even still very numerous QUEBEC STUDENT PROTESTS about his plans to RAISE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION COSTS SIGNIFICANTLY and now also  faced  a new political  candidacy, the  anti-corruption hero Jacques Duchesneau, who had just  announced Sunday he is running for the Coalition Avenir Québec party , yes all while  the anti-corruption platform is also still  dominating too  headlines issue  in the Quebec province throughout the early days of this  QUEBEC  PROVINCIAL  ELECTION Campaign,  the same JEAN CHAREST HAD NOW  ALSO  NEXT HAD CLEARLY INDULGED in more corruption  by trying to BUY  VOTES, when he said, would  give $100 per child every year to families with children in public elementary schools. The initiative would begin in 2013 and would cost an estimated $45 million a year, assuming 450,000 eligible children. No money AVAILABLE  for university students Jean Charest  and his Liberals HAD CLEARLY said before his threat of clearly losing the election ehh..

A hero was born last September, when Jacques Duchesneau’s report for the  Quebec transport department on construction collusion was leaked to the media  (by Duchesneau himself, he recently revealed.) After Duchesneau concluded testifying on the pervasiveness of “dirty money”  in Quebec politics last June before the Charbonneau Commission, created as a  result of his leak, people approached him in public to encourage him to run for  office.They got their wish on Sunday, when François Legault introduced the  anti-corruption crusader as a candidate for Legault’s fledgling Coalition Avenir  Québec party.


Jacques Duchesneau presently states that the Quebec government, the Parti Quebecois and the City of Montreal lawyers are all now corrupted, bad but why did he leave out his fellow police offciers who had let the corruption go on the last 50 years at least

A report by French-language Radio-Canada said provincial police cancelled a surveillance operation , the report cited anonymous sources suggesting police get cold feet when an operation gets too close to the government. Read more:


so this is why corruption in Quebec continued for such a long time? and is this so now in other provinces as well?


According to PQ MNA Bernard Drainville, a questionable real estate deal  involving a piece of land on the south shore could link the Liberals with the  controversial Catania Construction company. He claims that at least $40,000 in political contributions from Catania was  rewarded with the $600,000 sale of land by the Riverside School Board to the  company. According to Drainville, the deal was approved without public tender by then  Education Minister Michelle Courchesne. At the time of the announcement, the Liberals also pledged $3.8 million in  public funds to support the project. The community centre was never built.  Instead, the company re-sold the land, to a condo developer for about $1.5  million. The PQ alleged that Catania made $1 million in profit. “It is not normal again that the Liberal interest is more important than the  public interest. It is not normal that Catania is making $1 million in less than  a year, while our school boards are crying for money and the south shore  community is asking for a new community centre,” said PQ MNA Bernard  Drainville.“Why is it yet again that the friends of the Liberal Party are cashing in on  public money while all these public needs that need to be fulfilled.”


What this not the first time Jean Charest’s government was accused of favoritism?  Similar allegations were made in a damning report by Jacques Duchesneau, the  former head of anti-corruption squad. All of those allegations are before a public inquiry being led by Justice  France Charbonneau. The findings from that commission will be released about two  weeks after Quebecers vote-in a new government. The Liberal timing of  of the election took this into account?

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October 7, 2011

Follow the Money trail

Look at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s  political and economic management skills, for when we hear for decades of vast political, economic corruptions in many provinces, cities going on for decades like the previous Liberal giving out taxpayers money on infrastructure projects that lacked adequate accountability and they even lack falsely project managements divisions.

We also know how the various local conferences such as the G8 were mismanaged , had a high costly expenditures wasting millions of dollars, the RCMP itself now is not known to be cost effective for fully honest.

OTTAWA – Parliament was “poorly informed” about the funding of the G8 and G20 summits last summer, and proper controls were missing from a $50-million legacy fund that showered money on Treasury Board President Tony Clement’s riding, according to the auditor general.A report tabled in Parliament Thursday revealed there is no paper trail documenting how the 32 projects were chosen to receive money from the Legacy Fund, which itself was buried in an $83-million request to Parliament for funds to reduce congestion at the Canada-U.S. Border, some 300 km away.The report also confirmed the G8 and G20 summits only cost $664 million, not the $1.1 billion originally budgeted, because the government departments overestimated what they would need. Opposition parties accused the government Thursday of secretly shuffling money to a profligate pork-barrel fund to secure Clement’s re-election.  Conservatives as bad as the bad Liberals

Peter MacKay, then foreign minister, approved a $16,800 hospitality bill on March 2, 2007, to buy lunches for 400 Passport Canada employees doing weekend shifts. .

Defence Minister Peter MacKay outranks almost all his cabinet colleagues when it comes to using federal government executive jets, racking up more than $2.9-million in flights on the Challenger planes in the past four years.In 2008, Mr. MacKay ranked second only to Maxime Bernier, former foreign affairs minister, in terms of hours flown by government jets dispatched to fly him.

Follow the Money trail.. One of the oldest rule of journalism and why is that? Well according to Jesus himself now the love of money is the root of all evil.. and so it seems many of the politicians have entered into politics not to serve the good citizens but rather to try to get rich..

Now it also is clearly not just the politicians who are guilty of abusing the taxpayers money as we can can readily know by even the more recent revelations of corruptions related to the awarding of Montreal, Quebec city hall contracts.. and likley in many other places..

Jacques Duchesneau’s anti-collusion squad report concludes that “a large number of Quebec companies in the construction domain have links with organized crime.” The report says that while drug trafficking is the main source of income for organized crime in Quebec, construction, where there are many cash transactions, offers a channel to launder drug profits.

A public inquiry into corruption, collusion and mafia infiltration in the Quebec construction industry would serve as a powerful deterrent to criminal activity, says Jacques Duchesneau, the head of the Transport Ministry’s anti-collusion unit.

None of the abuse of the taxpayers money is ever acceptable and any major abuse should not be only grounds for one’s dismisal from one’s job but it should also be a criminal, jailing offence always too….


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