Money funnelled to political parties

Posted By: CJAD · 1/23/2013 5:14:00 PM

A busy afternoon at the Charbonneau Commission on a day that started off rather slowly.

The Commission's lawyer decided not to use a videotaped confession.

The confession showed former Union Montreal party organizer Martin Dumont admitting to lying when he was on the Charbonneau Commission stand last fall.

His lawyer was planning to take the commission to Quebec Superior Court to have the video deemed inadmissible.

"The commission will not take into consideration this declaration and will have to appreciate his credibility with the evidence it has," she said.

Gagné says he client is satisfied with this.

Then, we got testimony from an engineering company owner over the money his company funelled to several political parties — including the parties of two former mayors.

Michel Lalonde, president of the engineering firm Génius Conseil, confirmed earlier testimony before the Charbonneau Commission that collusion aimed at fixing public infrastructure contracts in Montreal inflated the cost of that infrastructure work by up to 30 per cent.

He then testified that his own engineering firm would collect 25 per cent of the extras on fixed contracts, all of it in cash.

Commission counsel Denis Gallant asked Lalonde where that 25 per cent in cash went.

To political party financing, the engineer told the commission. First to Vision Montreal, under Pierre Bourque and then to Union Montreal, under Gerald Tremblay.

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