Bernard Gauthier, the union leader who's been described by several witnesses at the Charbonneau Commission as a thug and bully on North Shore construction sites, took the stand Tuesday at the Commission's hearings.
Gauthier, a former Canadian soldier who earned the nickname 'Rambo' in the mid-1990s, had been described as a man who takes whatever actions are necessary to ensure members of his union local work, and those from elsewhere don't. And 'Rambo' is thought to be the leader who led group of thugs to threaten or attack those from elsewhere.
Dressed in a red and white striped sweatshirt and blue jeans, Gauthier told the commission that his main goal as a union leader was to make sure his workers were able to work, and that his union local was almost alone in following provincial rules regarding contract work.
“The North Shore union is the only one that respects the collective agreement,” he said, adding that if contractors won bids and brought in workers from outside his region, he would inform the contractors that they were running afoul of the agreement.