The Quebec government has ordered an inquiry into corruption in the province's construction industry, and has chosen a respected judge and prosecutor to head the proceedings.
Premier Jean Charest has named Quebec Superior Court Justice France Charbonneau to head the long-demanded inquiry.
Her appointment Wednesday earned praise from none other than John Gomery, a former colleague who presided over the famous federal sponsorship inquiry.
"She's an excellent judge," Gomery told The Canadian Press. "That's a very good choice. I have only praise for her."
Reputed as a fearless prosecutor, Charbonneau won a 2002 murder trial against Hells Angels boss Maurice (Mom) Boucher, who is now serving life in prison.
"I'm not afraid of work," Charbonneau said, speaking after the Boucher trial, during which she took off only five days – non-consecutively – in 18 months.
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