Vito Rizzuto died last December but the Charbonneau Commission today heard the mob boss on old wiretaps pursuant to its investigation into claims that the Montreal Mafia and dirty politicians took cuts from government contracts to construction companies in a massive bid rigging scheme as reported by CBC News: "Charbonneau Commission investigator Éric Vecchio walked the commissioners through hours of wiretapped conversations dating as far back as 2002 in which Rizzuto is heard negotiating relations."
"Rizzuto and other mobsters were usually never front-line players with a direct financial stake" but "instead, they stayed on the periphery, acting as consultants and deal-brokers while they picked up a piece of the profits" as reported by Sidhartha Nanerjee for the Canadian Press:
"Organized crime take a profit from the construction industry," Vecchio said. "In the end, they don't really get involved, they don't invest any of their own money, but they take away a consultant's or arbiter's fee."
Consultant's fee? Arbiter's fee? Call it for what it is: the extortionate shakedown of a protection payment.