FTQ-Construction executive knew about expense doctoring system: witness

A former FTQ-Construction union executive admitted there was creative accounting and inflated bills when it came to former director general Jocelyn Dupuis, but that union executive closed their eyes to it because they knew there was an established system and Dupuis was doing good work.

Day two of Dupuis' fraud trial got underway with the start of the defence who called to the stand a former secretary of the union executive when Dupuis was director general in the mid-2000s.

Alain Pigeon testified Dupuis often helped out local union affiliates by paying in cash for members' meals or gas during labour strikes, or by paying for meals involving local union bosses and employers to help boost relations.

Pigeon testified the role of the director general was to ensure everything was running smoothly.

Pigeon said Dupuis "made a good salary, he didn't need the money."

Pigeon said the question of Dupuis' expenses might have come up once but it was quickly dismissed, "lasted two minutes," after union executives hailed Dupuis' work as 'excellent" and they stopped taking about it.

"You had to have been blind not to understand," Pigeon testified.

Pigeon testified everything changed when a new director general was voted in in late 2008, when media got a hold of the expense reports.

The trial continues.

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