MONTREAL — Quebec’s construction inquiry has witnessed its first political bombshells, with a witness testifying Monday about systemic corruption at Montreal city hall and the mayor’s political party.
An ex-construction boss says that, for years, 3% of all the contracts he received from the City of Montreal went to the political party of Mayor Gerald Tremblay.
He says he was informed about the fundraising system by Nicolo Milioto — the same man seen on police surveillance video divvying up piles of cash with the head of the Sicilian Mafia in Canada.
The allegation comes from Lino Zambito, a former construction boss who has become the star witness of the inquiry so far. He has described bid-rigging in the industry during earlier testimony but has only just begun talking about the political world.