Case closed for Montreal's inspector general

Ministers Robert Poëti and Pierre Moreau announced new bill
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The new inspector general for the city of Montreal says he's satisfied his concerns will be dealt with.

Yesterday, the Liberals re-introduced a bill in the National Assembly to grant the inspector much of his powers.

At the time, Minister Pierre Moreau said  the new bill was basically the same as the one the PQ presented a few months ago. "There's some technicalities, but basically there's five changes...those changes are changes that have been asked by the City of Montreal itself or that are more technical."

But yesterday, word leaked out of the inspector general's office that the man now holding the job, Denis Gallant, was less than pleased with this new version.

Gallant says he was concerned that the new text could be interpreted in a way that would give him less power.

In particular, he was worried that he could be required to pass any reports of fraud or collusion directly to the UPAC anti-corruption police squad, and rather than be able to investigate the allegations himself.

But, the minister has since said he's ready to re-work the text of the bill. à

And, Gallant says, for him, the case is closed.

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