Mafia controlled the FTQ: Charbonneau witness
It was one bombshell admission after another Tuesday, by former FTQ union boss Ken Pereira at the Charbonneau Commission.
He explained how the now jailed Hells Angels member Raynald Desjardins controlled the construction division of the FTQ union, and how Tony Accurso was leading the Solidarity Fund.
He made the discoveries during a meeting with Desjardins, a meeting his directors set up in an effort to silence him after he leared of the outrageous expenses of the then director general Jocelyn Dupuis.
But in 2009, Pereira informed the media about the expenses, which lead to a massive lawsuit and a police investigation. Charges were eventually filed against Dupuis and other top executives.
The FTQ ended up paying Pereira $500,000 to stop speaking about the union, he is now working on sites in Fort MacMurray, AB..
Before the relationship between Pereira and the FTQ fell to shambles, he was recruited from the Provincial Council of Construction Trades (International). The FTQ wanted Pereira's leadership to recruit new members, thus stealing away the International's negociation power.
When executives realized Pereira wasn't bringing in the numbers as expected, that's when the business relationship went south.
He broke into a director's office to steal Jocelyn Dupuis's expense reports.
Pereira will be back on the stand Wednesday.
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