Integrity law gets tighter
The City of Montreal and the Quebec Government announced Friday that they’ll be making changes to Bill 1.
They say tightening loopholes in the Integrity to Public Contracts Act will be another safeguard to corruption in the city.
The new measures say that all companies wanting to bid on public contracts of $100 000 or more will now have to get approved by the Autorités des Marchés Financiers (AMF).
Subcontractors biding on jobs of $25 000 or more will also have to get accredited by the AMF.
“This will assure a better integrity process in Montreal,” Laurent Blanchard, Interim Mayor of Montreal, said. “This is important because citizens have every right to be scandalised given the financial implications of everything that occurred.”
Blanchard promised that this would speed up the awarding of contracts, and that the 50 to 60% of public works that have not been completed, because of the Charbonneau Commission, should begin by next spring.
Stéphane Bédard, Treasury Board Chairman, said he expected the request would be approved by the PQ government in the next few days and that the changes would be applicable within the next three weeks.
Bill 1 was introduced last December to limit corruption in the construction industry, under the first version, the city chose which contractors it wanted investigated by the AMF.