Que­bec con­cludes deals in cor­rup­tion re­im­burse­ment

The Western Star - - OBITUARIES / CANADA -

MON­TREAL — Que­bec has reached deals to get $95 mil­lion in a vol­un­tary redemp­tion pro­gram aimed at re­coup­ing cash lost to cor­rup­tion, col­lu­sion or bid-rig­ging in the award­ing of public con­tracts.

A re­port re­leased Wed­nes­day said $75 mil­lion has al­ready been re­paid and that agree­ments have been reached with 31 in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses.

The pro­gram be­gan in Novem­ber 2015 and was cre­ated in the wake of Que­bec’s cor­rup­tion in­quiry, known as the Char­bon­neau Com­mis­sion.

The pro­gram ran un­til De­cem­ber 2017 and was de­signed to en­able mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, school boards or Que­bec govern­ment de­part­ments or agen­cies to be re­paid money they were over­charged over 20 years. It did not ex­tend to fed­eral govern­ment con­tracts. Que­bec Jus­tice Min­is­ter Stephanie Vallee says par­tic­i­pants who con­cluded re­pay­ment deals in­cluded SNC-Lavalin, Cima+ and Des­sau.

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