Following an earlier report that a "prominent member of the Mafia" allegedly demanded contractor Paul Sauvé to pay $40,000 to two elected officials in order to continue his project restoring the roof of the City Hall, "Quebec Provincial police say they are carrying out a number of investigations into alleged links between the construction industry and organized crime" as Angelica Montgomery reports for CJAD:
"It's very rare that we will confirm that there is an investigation," says Leftenant Francois Doré with the Quebec provincial police, or Sureté du Quebec. But, he says police are making an exception in this case in order to reassure people in the industry that allegations are being dealt with. "let me put it this way," he says, "We are investigating everything you saw or you heard over the news, and there is a part I can't reveal." And, the police investigation goes deeper than the one incident involving Sauvé. "we're targeting a lot of criminal activity in this business, unfortunately," says Doré.
Mayor Gerald Tremblay: "There's a problem in Montreal, there's a problem in Quebec … there's corruption in the construction industry. It is a fact."