Quebec corruption inquiry: Deep rift over findings

Quebec corruption inquiry: Deep rift over findings

Main pic: Justice France Charbonneau delivers her closing remarks in Montreal, Friday, November 14, 2014, as she sits on the final day of the Charbonneau Commission, a Quebec inquiry looking into allegations of corruption in the province’s construction industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes.

Deep rift between commissioners over corruption inquiry findings: report.

QUEBEC — The Parti Quebecois wants to shed light on what really led to a difference of opinion between the co-authors of the report into the province’s corruption-riddled construction industry.

PQ house leader Bernard Drainville has written a letter to the president of the committee on institutions requesting that France Charbonneau, who headed the commission into the industry, and inquiry commissioner Renaud Lachance appear before it.

The request comes as Radio-Canada is set to air an investigative report tonight focusing on acrimonous emails sent by Lachance to Charbonneau regarding the wording in the final report.

Radio-Canada says the tone of the emails suggests he was seeking to mitigate criticism of political parties in the final version — in particular the governing Liberals.

The report includes a marked disagreement between the two as to whether the evidence heard was enough to establish a link between companies answering contract tenders and donations made to provincial parties.

Lachance made it clear in several paragraphs he didn’t agree the case was made.

Drainville says the Liberal-dominated committee should hear from the pair in short order.

“We believe it is our responsibility to ensure that all issues raised by the work and the report of CEIC (the corruption inquiry) are answered, especially with regard to the reasons that prompted Mr. Lachance to express dissent on an important part of the report’s conclusions,” Drainville wrote.

Charbonneau’s report contains some 60 recommendations designed to help clean up the system of handing out contracts in the construction industry.

The Canadian Press

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