Montreal says no new construction contracts
The City of Montreal is cancelling bidding on all non-urgent infrastructure contracts. That includes road construction, water supply, and sewage contracts worth $75 million dollars.
Gerald Tremblay says that gives the city some breathing time. He's waiting for the new P.Q. government to tighten up bill 35, Quebec's new anti-corruption law that bans any person who is an officer of a company that has been found guilty of a criminal offence from bidding on public contracts. Presently the lowest bidder is awarded the contract.
Tremblay said that Minister Jean Francois Lisee has assured him that the Quebec government will amend bill 35 by Christmas. Meantime, Richard Deschamps, Vice-President of the Executive Committee says all contracts already signed, will proceed.