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Union Montréal manager was on engineering firm’s payroll
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 2:52 PM ET
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2013 3:11 PM ET
The former general manager of the Union Montréal said he saw no problem with accepting $5,000 a month for consulting work with a civil engineering firm while working for the municipal political party.
Christian Ouellet worked for Union Montréal from 2004 to 2008. At the same time, he maintained a contract with Roche Ltée, one of the largest engineering firms in the country.
He told the province’s corruption commission this morning that his contract with Roche pre-dated his time with the party. His role was to help the firm move into the Montreal market by arranging meetings with elected officials and preparing a communication plan for the firm, which was aggressively trying to raise its profile on the island.
Ouellet said he did not tell the mayor or the party’s executive when he took the job with the party in 2004 that he was still on Roche’s payroll.
“You’re the general manager of a municipal political party. You [are involved in] party financing and political organizing. You know you’re receiving a sum of money from a civil engineering firm on the side and you don’t see a problem there?” Commissioner Renaud Lachance asked Ouellet.
“No,” he responded, his arms crossed in front of his chest. (more…)