Montreal fires bureaucrats linked to corruption

Site supervisor Francois Theriault testifies during the Charbonneau inquiry. (JEAN-LOUIS FORTIN/QMI...

Site supervisor Francois Theriault testifies during the Charbonneau inquiry. (JEAN-LOUIS FORTIN/QMI Agency Files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:43 PM ET

MONTREAL — The City of Montreal has fired two bureaucrats and a third will quit following devastating allegations of bribery and collusion at the Charbonneau inquiry.

The city also announced Friday that it has cleared a fourth bureaucrat who admitted to accepting bottles of wine from contractors.

All four men worked for the infrastructure department that oversaw sewer, sidewalk and road builders, and have since been found to have paid bribes.

One of the fired city workers, site supervisor Francois Theriault, was arrested and charged last year for allegedly lying to the inquiry about the bribes.

Theriault testified that he received hockey tickets and bottles of wine from contractors.

A colleague also testified that Theriault inflated the cost of municipal deals and split the extra money with contractors.

The city also dismissed section head Yves Themens after an internal investigation found both men received improper benefits and authorized extra purchases.

Themens testified that he routinely received gifts from contractors and admitted he asked for, and received, four tickets to a Montreal Canadiens game worth $100 each.

The third bureaucrat, team leader Gilles Vezina, told the inquiry he accepted a dozen dinner invitations per year from city contractors and was offered, but refused, prostitutes.

Vezina informed the city he intends to resign on March 1.

The city cleared a fourth bureaucrat, Michel Paquette, who will return to his job in the infrastructure department.

All four bureaucrats had been suspended since November.


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