City engineer golfed with Vito Rizzuto, says he never discussed work
A former City of Montreal engineer is telling a corruption inquiry that he golfed and dined with Vito Rizzuto on two occasions.
Gilles Surprenant says he had a week-long golfing trip in the Dominican Republic with Rizzuto, the man who reputedly headed the Montreal Mafia for years.
Surprenant also testified at the Charbonneau Commission today that he golfed a second time in Quebec with Rizzuto but that they never discussed city business.
The former city engineer has admitted to collecting nearly $600,000 in kickbacks over a 20-year period. Inquiry investigators have identified at least 90 contracts where Surprenant took a cut.
Also today, Surprenant corrected a statement he made last week that he attributed to a construction magnate who reportedly told him that people who ''prevent us from eating are 'pushed aside'.''
Surprenant says the construction boss didn't say 'pushed aside' but rather used the word 'eliminated.'
Surprenant explained the correction by saying he felt intimidated and ill at ease with the 1991 encounter. It resulted in his first kickback of between $3,000 and $4,000.