Ottawa says SNC-Lavalin bridge contract had no irregularities
Radio-Canada’s Enquête program uncovered a money trail of $1.5M in suspected kickbacks
An internal investigation ordered by the federal government concluded that there was no irregularity in the awarding of contracts for work on the Jacques Cartier Bridge in the early 2000s.
In February, Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête aired a story in which it uncovered a money trail suggesting that almost $1.5 million in suspected kickbacks ended up in the Swiss bank accounts of a former Federal Bridge Corporation boss. This was shortly after SNC-Lavalin was awarded a $127-million contract in 2000 to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge.
A few days after the airing of the report, Federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel asked The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated to conduct an independent investigation.
The minister's office released the conclusion of this investigation Monday morning.
The independent committee that looked into the matter concluded that all procedures and guidelines that were in place at that time, from 2002 to 2004, had been followed.