February 12, 2013
Whistleblower threatened with condolence card
By Jean-Louis Fortin, QMI Agency
MONTREAL — A former Quebec excavation contractor received a sympathy card, making reference to his own death, after he blew the whistle on collusion in his industry.
Andre Durocher is the second witness to be intimidated with a condolence card after testifying at the Charbonneau Commission.
In November he told the inquiry that a cabal of construction firms garnered the lion's share of contracts in five municipalities on Montreal's north shore. Durocher said all other companies, including his, were shut out of the market because they didn't have close ties to local politicians.
Last week he said he found an anonymous envelope in his mailbox that was simply addressed to "Durocher."
Inside was a card that read "Sincere sympathies" with a photograph of his house inside.