Quebec comes to allow a company whose leaders have been involved in stories of political financing disorders continue expansion work of hospitals, even if it no longer had its authorization to obtain public contracts.
Created after the Charbonneau commission, the public procurement Authority plays the role of watchdog to ensure the integrity of the companies doing business with the government. Those who have a construction contract in excess of $ 5 million at the provincial level must hold an authorization to contract.
Last December, Construction T. E. Q. has lost that permission after having not renewed. However, it has obtained a waiver from treasury Board to continue its contracts for the expansion of the Hospital of the Sacred Heart, the future emergency of the Hospital Fleurimont in Sherbrooke and Maisonneuve-Rosemont.
In a gesture rare, the Commission has used a provision of the act to enable it to continue its work without authorization and without knowing when she would get. This decision dating from February was made public in the Gazette officielle du Québec , may 20.
However, two of the leaders of the T. E. Q. are former executives at SNC-Lavalin. One of them has been involved in a scandal of political financing the liberal Party of Canada and the conservative Party. Not to mention that the founder of T. E. Q, and a former top leader, Emmanuel Triassi, has attracted the attention of the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) in the survey Mâchurer on financing the liberal Party of Quebec.
According to documents consulted by our Bureau of inquiry, a participant in an evening of funding has even indicated that Triassi, who died last April, had asked him to bring between $ 5,000 and $ 10,000 in cash.
The Société québécoise des infrastructures, which oversees the work of the three hospitals, it is suggested that it is the first time that such a request is made to the treasury Board.
The rationale for this decision in order not to delay the work, or fear that there are no other bidders interested.
He didn’t know
The vice-president of legal affairs of Construction T. E. Q., Gerard Stone, argued that he was not aware that the treasury Board had used special powers to allow the company to continue its work.
He was not aware of the stories of political financing. It indicates that a new application for authorisation has been made in January and that a response is expected shortly.
It is a change in the direction of the company, which would have resulted in delays.
In the framework of such a request, the record of the company shall be subject to audit by UPAC, which would have been made two weeks ago.
Pierre indicates that UPAC has requested some additional documents to the parent company, Astaldi, based in Italy. The latter experienced significant financial problems last year.
A few contracts of the T. E. Q.
- $ 63.2 Million : construction Contracts at Concordia University
- 57.9 Million$ : the first Expansion of the Hospital of the Sacred Heart
- To 50.8 M$ : New emergency and other work at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital
- 21,2 M$ : Construction of the emergency and the mother-child centre in the Hospital Fleurimont
Those related to financing policy and SNC-Lavalin
The two current leaders of Construction T. E. Q. as well as his founder saw their name bouncing back in the news in recent years, especially in scandals of political financing.
The founder and former boss was one of the participants of a fundraising event for the liberal Party of Quebec, which was attended by several members of the Italian community, held at the Sheraton Laval in 2006. The name of Triassi appears alongside those of Tony Accurso, Joe Borsellino and Marc Bibeau in an affidavit related to the mandates of the UPAC. According to another statement from a participant of the evening, made to UPAC, Triassi had told him then that the prize cash is between $ 5,000 and $ 10,000. According to him, the event should take the form of a dinner at the Sheraton Laval.
The chief financial officer of Construction T. E. Q. has long worked at SNC-Lavalin. According to a news report from Radio-Canada, it is part of a group of former senior executives of SNC-Lavalin which had served as a ready-names of the funding to the liberal Party of Canada and the conservative Party between 2004 and 2009. In 2016, the commissioner of elections Canada has entered into a transaction agreement without penalty with the company after the giant engineering québec is committed not to violate the electoral law.
From 2006 to 2010, Gerry Grigoropoulos was vice president and controller at the head office of SNC-Lavalin. They compile the financial statements of all divisions, under the reign of former CEO Pierre Duhaime, who pleaded guilty to breach of trust last year. Gregoropoulos has also chaired the consortium’s Signature on the St. Lawrence, in charge of building the new Champlain bridge, from October 2015 to April 2016.