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A view of the West Block's north tower, under wraps, on Parliament Hill, Oct. 4.

dave chan The Globe and Mail

Aug. 27, 2007

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) launches the tendering process for the restoration of the North Tower of Parliament Hill's West Block; the first step is the creation of a shortlist of qualified firms.

Aug. 28, 2007

A company called 4373413 Canada Inc. (owned by Paul Sauvé of construction firm LM Sauvé Ltd.) makes a payment of $5,697 to Varcan Communications Inc., owned by Conservative supporter Gilles Varin.

Jan. 31, 2008

PWGSC calls on the five companies that made the shortlist, including LM Sauvé, to submit bids for the contract. Other qualified firms are EllisDon Ltd., Paul Daoust Construction, PCL Constructors and Thomas Fuller Construction.

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May 30, 2008

PWGSC awards an $8.9-million contract to LM Sauvé for the restoration work, saying the company had submitted the lowest-priced compliant bid.

Summer of 2008

LM Sauvé starts work on the contract.

Sept. 2, 2008

In addition to monthly retainers of between $3,000 and $5,000, Varcan starts receiving payments of $10,000 a month (plus tax) from LM Sauvé.

March 4 and 15, 2009

LM Sauvé fails to make two planned payments to Varcan Communications worth a total of $14,673.75.

April 8, 2009

Bankruptcy trustees publicly reveal that LM Sauvé owes more than $9-million to 256 creditors, including $14,673.75 to Varcan Communications Inc.

April 20, 2009

PWGSC informs LM Sauvé that it has defaulted on the North Tower contract because of "uncompleted work." The responsibility to finish the project falls to bonding company L'Unique Assurances, which hires Verreault Construction.

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