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Former construction boss Lino Zambito testifies before the Charbonneau inquiry probing corruption and collusion in Quebec's construction industry in this image made off television Monday, October 1, 2012 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Former construction boss Lino Zambito testifies before the Charbonneau inquiry probing corruption and collusion in Quebec's construction industry in this image made off television Monday, October 1, 2012 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Inquiry déjà vu: Comparing Gomery to Charbonneau Add to ...

It was a public inquiry that shocked taxpayers with descriptions of cash envelopes, tales of graft and allegations of dodgy political financing. No, not Charbonneau. This one, chaired by Mr. Justice John Gomery seven years ago, delved into the federal sponsorship program and helped scuttle the federal Liberals’ political fortunes in the 2006 election that first brought Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to power. The newest inquiry in Quebec, headed by Madam Justice France Charbonneau, has been creating a sense of déjà vu: Testimony so far has forced both Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay and Laval’s mayor for life, Gilles Vaillancourt, to step down. But the Charbonneau inquiry has a broader scope, is ongoing, and has yet to look at provincial public-works contracts. Here are some similarities, to date, between the two events:

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