Corruption costs

Blog, Aboriginal Futures, Joseph Quesnel

Gilles Vaillancourt, the mayor of Laval, Quebec, is the latest casualty of the Charbonneau inquiry into corruption in Quebec’s construction industry, as he has announced he will be stepping down. Besides the obvious moral dimensions of corruption, kickbacks and inflated …

Another Case of Municipal Corruption Highlights Need for Separation Between Council and City Administration

Blog, Municipal Government, Steve Lafleur

Today I had an article in the Huffington Post on how the City of Phoenix bars municipal politicians from getting directly involved in city operations to reduce the prospects for shading dealings with developers. I mentioned recent cases in Winnipeg and Toronto that may or may not have involved wrong doing. Sure enough, today’s National Post has an article about a Montreal corruption inquiry, in which a powerful Montreal politician has been accused of taking $300,000 in bribes.

First Nation Electoral Corruption Common

Commentary, Aboriginal Futures, Frontier Centre

The old regime that retains a majority on council is once again showing the people that they have absolute power and that no one should dare challenge it. The situation is especially stressful for appeal committee members and their families. They know that the wrong decision could mean the end of their careers and very intimidated lives if they remain on the reserve.