Engineers face disciplinary hearings
Published Wednesday, September 11, 2013 8:25AM EDT
The Order of Engineers has filed 20 disciplinary charges against five engineers accused of being involved in collusion and corruption schemes.
Most of the accused testified at the Charbonneau Commission and explained their own role in corrupt behaviour within the city of Montreal.
Among them, former city of Montreal engineer Luc Leclerc, who faces seven charges for breaking the Professional Code and the Code of Ethics of Engineers.
Leclerc told the Charbonneau Commission that he pocketed $500,000 in kickbacks in exchange for cost over-runs on public works contracts.
His former boss Gilles Vezina will also appear before the disciplinary committee to answer to four charges. He testified that he received perks such as hockey tickets, but also said that it never influenced his choices.
Robert Marcil, the former director of public works for Montreal, is facing three charges
The other engineers facing disciplinary charges are Claudio Balliana and Andre Lebeuf .
The Order of Engineers said most of the complaints stem from information revealed to the corruption inquiry.
"I think that Quebec needed [the Charbonneau] commission and the order of engineers for the number of people involved needed the help of the commission because it is wider than what we are used to doing," said Andre Rainville.
"The whole idea was to better know the scheme, know what it was all about in this industry. Now that we know the scheme we may more easily find those responsible and bring them to the disciplinary council."
If those accused are found guilty by the Order's disciplinary committee they may lose their permit, which would not allow them to work as engineers in Quebec. The punishment could be temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the infraction.
The Order is investigating 100 other engineers for corruption, and more than 300 more who may have made illegal donations.
The public hearings will take place within the next few weeks.