Transport ministry staffer warned about having lunch with business partners

A former employee at the Ministry of Transport confirmed Wednesday he had to warn a subordinate about his too-close-for-comfort ties to representatives from engineering firms with which the province did business.

During testimony at the Charbonneau Commission Wednesday, Claude Paquet admitted he shared lunch with representatives of consulting engineering firms, but less often than his subordinate Guy Hamel.

Hamel has already admitted before the commission his boss had told him to “calm down” during a meeting they had in 2003.

Paquet said they had the discussion at a meeting of the minstry’s regional directorate, and that Hamel told him he would make sure to keep the meetings businesslike in the future.

Paquet also confessed to having received bottles of wine as a gift from firms with the ministry did business with.

At the time, from 2001 to 2003, it was “common practice,” he said.

Paquet said he never felt like the firms “expected compensation from me” in exchange for the gifts.

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  1. joeN posted on 04/23/2014 04:06 PM
    "At the time, from 2001 to 2003, it was “common practice,” he said." It was common so it should be acceptable regardless of people's morals, ethics, or common sense.
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