SQ says it had the goods on union boss: report
The Journal de Montreal reports that the SQ recommended twice that charges be laid against FTQ union boss Michel Arsenault but that two different crown prosecutors refused to authorize arrest warrants for corruption and breach of trust charges.
The newspaper reports that the SQ was keeping tabs on Arsenault for months, gathering wiretap and video surveillance evidence that showed Arsenault allegedly accepted about 30 gifts, trips and other free goodies from construction entrepreneurs who did business with the union's investment arm, the Fonds de solidarité de la FTQ.
Investigators and crown apparently had heated discussions about the affair, with the SQ officers saying the prosecutors were afraid of laying charges.
The crown won't comment on all of this.
Meantime, Arsenault said in a statement that he never, ever took or asked for anything in exchange for doing business with construction companies through the union's investment arm. He goes on to say that he was aware he was under surveillance and that no charges would be laid because they had nothing on him.