(Quebec) The City of Lévis will shed light on the repair contract Desjardins filtration plant. The project, inaugurated in 2014, has cost $ 15 million more than expected and it was discussed at the Charbonneau commission.
In press conference Wednesday to announce its action plan for a more transparent management of contracts, Mayor Gilles Lehouillier said he wanted to return to the past to do some checking. “We do not say that there has been fraud there. It’s not like in Laval or Montreal here, “he warns. “But it’s a very, very big project, which cost $ 70 million, so we thought that with this, we will do a test,” he explains.
If ever the City finds that there has been fraud, it intends to use the Act 26, adopted last March, for redress. This law aims precisely the recovery of amounts paid as a result of fraud in connection with public contracts.
Patrice Mathieu, former president of AECOM Tecsult-testified before the Charbonneau Commission in 2013. It was then revealed that the collusion took place in 2007 and 2008 in Lévis, on the modernization of the processing plant of ‘potable water. According to him, four consulting engineering firms were organized to fix prices or Roche, SNC-Lavalin, Dessau and GENIVAR.