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Quebec unions targeted by organized crime

It took some 300 witnesses more than 263 days to fully detail the infiltration of organized crime groups into Quebec’s construction industry.

The Commision d’Enquête sur l’Octroi et la Gestion des Contrats Publics dans l’Industrie de la Constructions (CEIC) — commonly referred to as the Charbonneau Commission in honour of its chair Superior Court Justice France Charbonneau — revealed the corruption is further entrenched in the province than originally feared.

“The investigation confirmed that there was a real problem in Quebec and that it was broader and more deeply rooted than we believed,” Charbonneau said Nov. 24 when she delivered her final report.

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