Quebec construction industry alleged to be laundering money

By Christine Duhaime | January 19th, 2011

Organized crime has infiltrated every level of the construction industry in Quebec, according to Yves Mercure, the head of the construction wing of the Federation des travailleurs et travailleuses du Quebec. During an interview with Radio-Canada in Montreal, Mr. Mercure said that organized crime has infiltrated most major construction companies in Quebec and the construction unions, including the FTQ. According to Mr. Mercure, union members are routinely ordered by their employers to accept payments in cash in order to launder money. Last June, Mr. Mercure’s car was set on fire when he first raised the issue of money laundering in the Quebec construction industry.

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