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 Québec, according to Yves Mercure, the head of the construction wing of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec. During an interview with Radio-Canada in Montréal, Mr. Mercure said that organized crime  has infiltrated most major construction companies in Québec 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 Québec construction industry.

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