Montreal auditor general to table report on water meter contract
Montreal's auditor general will table a report at Monday night's city council meeting on the controversial $355-million water meter contract.
The timing of the report is sensitive, as it comes at the beginning of the municipal election campaign.
The contract was the biggest ever awarded in Montreal's history, and has been widely criticized since it was revealed that Frank Zampino, former chairman of the city's executive committee, vacationed on a yacht belonging to his friend and businessman Tony Accurso in 2007.
Accurso's company, Simard-Beaudry Construction Inc., belonged to G�NIeau, the consortium that was ultimately granted the lucrative contract for the installation and management of city water meters.
Montreal Mayor Tremblay has said he is willing to cancel the water meter contract, but critics say that would cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Opposition says auditor general's report is not enough
Vision Montreal, the official opposition at city hall, wants a special city council meeting that will allow elected officials to question key players in the water meter contract.
"Montrealers should know everything about the process that went on and everything about the content of this contract and the report of the auditor general," said Benoit Labonte, deputy leader of the Vision Montreal party.
"It's part of the track record of this administration, and Montrealers need to know."