PQ defends MNA after Charbonneau commission revelations
QUEBEC - The Parti Quebecois is defending the reputation of a member whose construction company came up during testimony at the province's corruption inquiry.
A company owned by MNA Andre Villeneuve was among 74 listed by police who took down the licence plates on cars parked outside a Mafia hangout.
It was at that Montreal coffee shop, Cosenza on Jarry St. E., that construction businessmen were seen on old surveillance videos handing cash to senior-level mobsters, or milling about at a Rizzuto family Christmas get-together.
The inquiry has heard that construction costs are driven up in Quebec by a bid-rigging cartel, where the Mafia claims a percentage on certain projects.
Villeneuve's flooring company, Plancher Mirage Andre Villeneuve, was on the list of firms tied to vehicles spotted at the Rizzuto family hangout in a suburban strip mall.
The PQ is springing to his defence today. The party calls it a coincidence and notes that at least a half-dozen other businesses were located at the same Montreal strip mall.
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