In Montreal, QC Canada seven individuals, including "a former mayor of Boisbriand and a businessman who heads a company that received many contracts from that municipality," have been arrested pursuant to the ongoing investigation dubbed Operation Hammer into public corruption and mob involvement in the construction industry as reported by Paul Cherry for The Gazette:
The seven people arrested by the Surete du Quebec, including Boisbriand ex-mayor Sylvie St. Jean, 51, are expected to be released after being questioned, SQ Inspector Denis Morin said. St. Jean and Lino Zambito, 41, the owner of the company Infrabec, face charges including conspiracy, breach of trust, and fraud.
The Quebec Federation of Labour last November called on the Liberal party headed by Premier Jean Charest to launch a full-fledged public inquiry into repeated allegations that the province's construction industry may be corrupted by the Montreal Mafia and dirty politicians as reported by Marianne White for The Gazette. Construction contractors and police associations are among those who previously have called for an inquiry among allegations of bid rigging by mob enforcers in the award of public contracts as reported by Rheal Seguin for The Globe and Mail: "News reports say that Mafia members have threatened business owners to keep them away from certain projects." Premier Charest stubbornly still refuses to heed the calls.
Last month Yves Mercure, the head of the construction wing of the Quebec Federation of Labour, claimed that "organized crime has infiltrated most major construction companies and all construction unions, including his own" as reported by CBC News: "he said union members are routinely ordered by their employers to accept payments in cash in order to launder the proceeds of organized crime."