Transport ministry engineer confesses to bribes
Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:21AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:01PM EDT
Cash stuffed in envelopes, golf clubs and golf trips, a convection heater, ski trips, home repairs were all gifts that Guy Hamel, a former engineer at the Quebec Ministry of Transport, received from private businesses, he told the Charbonneau Commission Wednesday.
In return, Hamel would use his influence within the ministry to help the companies advance their projects.
For example, in the fall of 1999 and the spring of 2000, Hamel received three payments of $5,000 from the DIMS firm for his help with a bid for the Charles de Gaulle Bridge.
And while taxpayers were hit with $9 million cost overruns on the Highway 40 repaving project in the West Island, Hamel received a Caribbean cruise from Soter Construction for his support with their bid.
Hamel said that one of his bosses told him to “slow down” in 2003, which he interpreted to mean that he should consider taking fewer bribes.
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Former transport ministry bureaucrat Guy Hamel confessed to taking a series of bribes to help construction firms. (Image: Twitter)