Themess that will bring down Montreal Mayor, Gérald Tremblay, will soon show its ugly head everywhere in Quebec.
Witness after witness will come, taking down another part of the corruption that has cost us tens of billions over the last years. Billions that could have really paved another road (wait till they get to the asphalt part), built another school, enlarged another hospital. Not billions that we could have saved, only spent better. It is not that we need to pay less taxes, we are much better off than our ancestors on this matter, but that every nickel should provide us with what we paid for.
What has not hit Joe Public yet is the fact that when the construction industry is in high corruption mode every aspect of the trade tags along. The end result is higher prices for every sector. Including work done on your house or business, even by the cleanest of contractor.
It goes on and on, anybody that can sign a piece of paper trying to take a cut, in cash please. So if you want your lumber to be delivered on a site before sunset, even if you show up before dawn, you may have to grease the wheel a bit. Those twenties and fifties and brown bills add up… To your own bill.
So at some point the Charbonneau inquiry will hit the broader question of all construction contracts, public and private. Our towns and villages will be told that between 25% and 35% of the cost of contracts may have been spent on corruption of all types; money never to be seen again.