Honest construction firms hurting: association
One of the province's big construction associations is sounding the alarm over the state of the industry in the post-Charbonneau Commission world.
The Association patronale des entreprises des construction du Québec (APECQ), which has hundreds of firms of all sizes as members, says there is a climate of suspicion over the entire industry.
New legislation brought by the PQ government covering the industry, known as Law 1, is too onerous, says the association, and the additional red tape is delaying payments - sometimes up to 120 or more days.
Marco Santrieldo is a VP with APECQ. He says the entire industry is suffering because of the actions of a few corrupt firms and bureaucrats
The corruption investigations, he says, "refer maybe to not even one percent of all workers in the construction industry."
The association isn't against the Charbonneau Commission or the anti-fraud investigators, but says the fallout is resulting in less work for local companies and more for big foreign ones