Charbonneau: Pereira back on stand for fourth day
Former construction union local boss Ken Pereira was back on the stand today at the Charbonneau Commission, describing how former FTQ-Construction director-general Jocelyn Dupuis bragged about having access to a $500 million fund, telling people with that amount of money, there was 'money for everybody'.
Pereira told of a conversation he had at a golf club in 2007, during which Dupuis told him to quit preoccupying himself with petty squabbles with other organizations, because the FTQ-Construction union has more important things to worry about.
That's when he was told about the $500 million fund, which he interpreted as making reference to the FTQ Solidarity Fund.
Pereira also described how Dupuis went to great lengths to make sure his and his union's ties to the Hells Angels and the Mafia were kept a secret — even to the point of trying to pay off the heads of several union chapters with money or gifts to leave. He would replace those people with his own allies.
He adds Dupuis also once ordered one union boss who refused to step aside be beaten up. The order, apparently, was never carried out.
It was Pereira's fourth day on the stand at the Charbonneau Commission's hearings. He spent much of his time on the stand this week detailing how organized crime had wormed its way into the union.
He's scheduled to return to the stand when the hearings resume Monday morning.
Dupuis himself, meantime, has been subpoenaed by the Commission, and is expected to testify within the next few weeks.