Mounties investigating former Chretien chief of staff Fournier

The Jacques-Cartier Bridge at sunset from lle Sainte-Helene, Montreal. (File photo)

The Jacques-Cartier Bridge at sunset from lle Sainte-Helene, Montreal. (File photo)

Andrew McIntosh, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:24 AM ET

MONTREAL — The RCMP is investigating how and why $1.5 million in payments made their way into Swiss bank accounts belonging to Michel Fournier, the former boss of a federal Crown corporation that operates the Jacques-Cartier and Champlain bridges in Quebec.

Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel requested the criminal investigation, according to information obtained by QMI Agency.

Lebel confirmed the investigation Wednesday.

Fournier, a long-time Liberal, is an ex-chief of staff to Jean Chretien when he was opposition leader. Fournier is now retired and living in Victoria, B.C.

Lebel's office called in the RCMP after receiving a secret investigative report from Daniel H. Tingley, a retired Quebec Superior Court judge, and a Montreal forensic accounting firm.


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