Coderre denies making secret deal with FTQ in 2000
Montreal mayoralty candidate Denis Coderre is now facing questions over alleged influence peddling, and fraternizing with a Mafia figure while he was a Liberal MP.
Two former FTQ construction union bosses, Richard Goyette and Jocelyn Dupuis, allege in a new book that Coderre, along with another former Liberal MP, Alfonso Gagliano, dealt with a man with mob ties named Eddy Brandone. They wanted him to arrange a late-night meeting with Dupuis back in 2000.
The book alleges there was a real reached in which the FTQ construction union called off a meeting in then-prime minister Jean Chretien's riding, in exchange for changes to employment insurance rules.
Coderre doesn't deny a meeting took place, but says there was no deal.
The other three main mayoralty candidates, though, say Coderre needs to come clean.