Did we plant this idea? On February 27, CityHallWatch asked this question: “Do Vancouver & B.C. need a Charbonneau Commission? South Vancouver Parks Society might be showing the way.”
Well, Vancouver and B.C. will get some help to answer that question soon, just three weeks later. On March 21, the lead lawyer from Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission will be speaking at on March 21, 2017 (Tues) starting 10 am, at UBC’s Allard Law School.
Lessons for BC from Quebec’s Implementation of Rules to Minimize Corruption
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – 09:30 to 11:00
Franklin Lew Forum, Room 101
Guest speaker Sonia Lebel, commission counsel for the Charbonneau Inquiry into corruption in infrastructure and construction in Quebec, will be presenting on lessons BC could learn from Quebec’s experience in putting rules in place to minimize the risk of corruption. She will also be launching the first English translation of volume three of the Charbonneau report. Point Grey MLA David Eby will be co-hosting this event with Nicole Barrett, Director, International Justice and Human Rights Clinic at the Allard School of Law.
Ms. Lebel was invited by BC MLA David Eby.
REFERENCES AND MEDIA:
What can B.C. learn from Quebec’s political corruption scandal? Lead lawyer from Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission will speak in Vancouver next week (Jen St. Denis, Metro News Vancouver, 16-Mar-2017)
Sonia LeBel, former Charbonneau Commission lawyer, joins Quebec’s Coalition party (Metro News Vancouver, 21-Feb-2017). Excerpts: Sonia LeBel says she is becoming deputy chief of staff to Coalition Leader Francois Legault in order to keep alive the work of the commission…. “It is important that the work we accomplished is not forgotten,” LeBel told a news conference … “I have decided to get closer to politics, which isn’t necessarily natural for me. I think however that this is the best way for me to continue contributing to the fight against corruption.” LeBel, who was a Crown prosecutor for more than 20 years, says she wants to look into the matter of party financing, including that of the Coalition.
Party financing was one of the major topics of the Charbonneau Commission during its lengthy hearings.
“Follow the Money: Corruption, Money Laundering & Organized Crime” (Oct 28) among topics of new Anti-Corruption Law Program
What was the Charbonneau Commission?
Wikipedia excerpt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charbonneau_Commission
The Charbonneau Commission, officially the Commission of Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry, is a public inquiry in Quebec, Canada into potential corruption in the management of public construction contracts.
The commission was enacted on 19 October 2011 by the provincial Liberal government of Jean Charest, and is chaired by Justice France Charbonneau. The mandate of the Committee is to:
- Examine the existence of schemes and, where appropriate, to paint a portrait of activities involving collusion and corruption in the provision and management of public contracts in the construction industry (including private organizations, government enterprises and municipalities) and to include any links with the financing of political parties.
- Paint a picture of possible organized crime infiltration in the construction industry.
- Examine possible solutions and make recommendations establishing measures to identify, reduce and prevent collusion and corruption in awarding and managing public contracts in the construction industry.