Court docs allege gifts for ex AMT president

Free Madonna concert tickets given to Gauthier, ex-premier Jean Charest

Joël Gauthier ran the AMT for nearly 10 years. He is the subject of an anti-corruption squad investigation which led to a police raid of AMT offices on May 1.
Photo credit: Dario Ayala, The Montreal Gazette

New court documents allege former Quebec premier Jean Charest and the head of the Montreal metropolitan region's transport authority, along with other high ranking Quebec Liberal Party members and executives of engineering firm Dessau Inc., received free tickets to a June 22, 2006 Madonna concert.

The documents, unsealed yesterday, expose evidence collected by UPAC, Quebec's anti-corruption squad, before it raided the offices of the Agence métropolitaine de transport on May 1.

UPAC also collected evidence from a former vice-president of Dessau, who voluntarily submitted his personal agenda, which confirmed Gauthier's presence at the concert.

Other invitees to the event include Charest, David Whissell, then-president of the Liberal caucus, then-CEO of Dessau Jean-Pierre Sauriol, and Benoit Savard, a former Liberal party organizer who then became a vice-president at Dessau.

Charest has since responded to Radio-Canada, saying he has no recollection of attending any Madonna concert, nor does it ever appear on his personal agenda.

Former AMT president Joël Gauthier has not been charged with any crime and the allegations detailed in the documents have not been proven in court. It was originally reported in April that Gauthier attended the June 2006 concert as the guest of Rosaire Sauriol, then a Dessau vice-president.

UPAC began investigating after Gauthier's successor, Nicolas Girard, found what he thought to be irregularities in Gauthier's agenda.

Gauthier served as AMT president until his ouster in January 2012, over $300 million in extra costs accrued on the new Mascouche-Montreal commuter line.

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  1. Paul posted on 05/31/2014 07:53 AM
    It is interesting that Jean Charest doesn't deny attending the concert. He just doesn't recall being there. LOL. Credibility nil.
  2. Paul posted on 05/31/2014 07:58 AM
    Anybody out there see Jean Charest at the Madonna concert? Please speak up.
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