Another former high-ranking staffer with the Quebec transport ministry took the stand at the Charbonneau Commission today, suggesting that their political bosses knew that construction firms in the province were conspiring to fix prices and rig bids, but did nothing to intervene.
Today, it was Gilles Roussy's turn on the stand. The former assistant to the deputy transport minister says he's known for 20 years that the asphalt industry operated as a cartel, but that elected officials from both the Liberals and the Parti Québécois did not appear willing or able to stop it.
Roussy also told of how there was a sharp spike in the value of submissions presented by construction companies for transport ministry projects following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and the resulting economic downturn.
At the time, the government had increased the budget for infrastructure projects from $820 million to $1.39 billion.