AUDIO: Charbonneau witness Ken Pereira on The Exchange
Ken Pereira is a one-man wrecking crew. Since his testimony last year at the Charbonneau Commission, he has helped expose massive waste and incompetence inside the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) union, where he was an executive.
He is one of the more important figures to emerge from the Commission because he's helped expose one of Quebec's most important problems: The uncomfortably close ties between union executives, construction entrepreneurs and politicians.
For his trouble, he has been blacklisted from union jobs in Quebec and must travel to the Alberta Oil Sands for half the month to get work. There are also understandable concerns for his safety. Pereira seems like an honest, blue collar union guy - the type of guy that should be running unions and not being slandered by them. He wouldn't use the word to describe himself, but I will: When you put your safety and well-being on the line for your fellow citizens, you're a hero to me.
Ken Pereira needs to be heard.
Listen to our chat below, featuring guest co-host Eric Duhaime, who literally wrote the book on Quebec union waste.