Entrepreneurs charged with crimes would be barred from public contracts: Charest
Quebec Premier Jean Charest leaves a cabinet meeting accompanied by his wife Michele Dionne on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Quebec City. (The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson)
Published Sunday, August 12, 2012 3:49PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:10PM EDT
Anyone charged with a serious criminal offence would be barred from bidding on public contracts if the Liberals were to be re-elected, said Jean Charest in Quebec City Sunday.
According to the Liberal Party, 46 entrepreneurs would be affected by the ban on allowing entrepreneurs under suspicion to bid on public contracts. The current law only excludes those convicted of a crime.
A charge, and not a conviction, is enough to blacklist an entrepreneur under the new proposal, said Charest.
“Doing business with the government of Quebec is not a right, it's a privilege, because it is public money,” said the premier, who is working to tackle corruption as one of the spotlight issues in the election campaign this month. Voters are set to go to the polls Sept. 4.
CAQ leader Francois Legault, however, argues that much more work will be involved in ridding the province of the corruption and corruption allegations that have plagued the province and the construction industry.
“Charest hasn't handled the corruption file well,” he said. “It's too little, too late.”
Instead, Legault proposed Bill 1, the CAQ’s comprehensive plan to fight corruption with the help of star candidate Jacques Duschesneau and put a stop to real or alleged ties to collusion within the Quebec political landscape.