The Charbonneau commission heard Thursday from Jean Lavallée, the founder and former leader of the FTQ-Construction union, which has been at the center of much of the recent testimony at the commission's hearings.
The 73-year-old Lavallée was referred to as a "god" by Guy Gionet — the former head of the FTQ Solidarity Fund's real estate arm, who ended his testimony Thursday — because of the influence he had over the union organization.
His time on the stand was brief — just over an hour — and during that time he basically read out his résumé. An electrician by trade, he founded the FTQ-Construction union in 1981 and served as its president until 2008.
He returns to the stand when the hearings resume on Monday.
This past week, Gionet described, among other things, the extent to which controversial construction boss Tony Accurso held sway over SOLIM, the organization Gionet headed from 2004 to 2009.
Lavallée, meantime, told the commission that he has always had the best interests of workers at heart, and wasn't out for personal gain, as others have suggested.
"They've [attacked] me so much during this commission. If I was God, I would have done things differently."