Auditor-general rejects whistleblower’s allegations of UPAC collusion

QUEBEC — An alleged collusion scheme between Quebec’s anti-corruption unit, consulting firms and the province’s financial regulator does not exist, the auditor-general says.

But the auditor does say the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) and the Authorité des marchés financiers (AMF) need to improve the system of deciding whether firms are clean enough to bid on government contracts.

In a second volume of her spring audit tabled in the National Assembly Wednesday, auditor-general Guylaine Leclerc tackles allegations about collusion and corruption made by whistleblower Annie Trudel in October 2017.

In a series of interviews and comments given great play in the Québecor media chain, Trudel alleged the existence of an underground system for firms seeking a precious certification from the AMF to be able to bid on contracts.

Trudel alleged firms must go through various consulting…

Original published: 2018-06-13 15:45:42 Read the full Montreal News here

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