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The Quebec mayor who said no to bribery: Nathalie Simon

As the Charbonneau Commission continues to probe corruption and collusion in Quebec, we hear Nathalie Simon, the mayor of Chateauguay who called police when someone allegedly tried to bribe her. And we also hear from Marc Demers, the new mayor of Laval...

As the Charbonneau Commission continues to probe corruption and collusion in Quebec, we hear Nathalie Simon, the mayor of Chateauguay who called police when someone allegedly tried to bribe her.

And we also hear from Marc Demers, the new mayor of Laval




The mayor of Chateauguay is something of a hero in her Quebec community; all because she turned down an alleged bribe... And then went to the police.

Police arrested four men in connection with an alleged plot to bribe the mayor ... None of the allegations have been proven in court. Meantime, police credit Mayor Simon for turning to the authorities, something they say makes her a hero.

Chateauguay mayor Nathalie Simon was in our Montreal studio.

After 23 years as mayor of Laval, Gilles Vaillancourt resigned in 2012. Last May, he was charged with 12 criminal charges, including conspiracy, fraud, influence peddling, breach of trust and gangsterism. He has pleaded not guilty.

In November, residents elected a new mayor, they have high hopes for him. He is former police officer Marc Demers. He is in a council meeting this morning so we reached him earlier.

The Charbonneau commission released a much-anticipated interim report yesterday. The commission is looking into corruption in Quebec's construction industry. It has heard some sweeping and stunning revelations in 111 testimonies over more than 150 days of public hearings.

Alain Gravel, host of Radio-Canada's Enquete, is one of the journalists whose work uncovered the extent of corruption and collusion, and ultimately brought about the inquiry. Alain Gravel joins was in studio in Montreal.


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Our Montreal special was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson and Montreal Network Producer Susan McKenzie.

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