Montreal Anti-Corruption Squad strikes again!

by christinem on August 31, 2013 - 5:10pm

On Wednesday the 24th of April 2013, a sixth arrest was made by Monreal Anti-Corruption Squad concerning the issue of the construction of the McGill Superhospital in Montreal. Yohann Elbaz, who worked at McGill University Health Center (MUHC), was arrested and is currently facing 16 charges involving “fraud and money-laundering related to the awarding of contracts by the MUHC’s public-private partnership”. According to an article written by Amanda Kelly and published on Global News website on the 25th of April 2013, Yanai Elbaz (Yohann’s borther) who was one of MUHC’s former director as well as Pierre Duhaime (SNC-Lavalin’s former CEO), Riadh Ben Aïssa(SNC-Lavalin’s employee), Arthur Porter (MUHC’s former head) and Jeremy Morris were  previously arrested by Montreal Anti-Corruption Squad and are presently charged of fraud, breach of trust and laundering the proceeds of a crime. The MUHC stated that: “The MUHC has learned today that he (Yohann Elbaz) has been arrested in relation to the awarding of the public-private partnership (PPP) contract for the Glen site”. Elbaz will appear in court on the 23rd of May 2013. Over the past weeks, most of my posts concerned organized crimes and the mafia in Montreal. I elaborated a lot on Montreal Anti-Corruption Squad and the corruption in the construction field. I believe that this is an impressive step that brings not only our city but the entire world closer to an environment empty of corruption. Even though there is still a lot to do concerning organized crimes in Montreal, since its creation, the Anti-Corruption Squad was truly fruitful. In one of my previous articles, I wrote about the arrest of Antonino Catania, Paolo Catania and François Thériault, who were accused of giving out free “false extras” on construction sites and even offering city contracts to construction contractors in exchange against free renovations, discounts on properties and other similar offers, by the Anti-Corruption Squad. This is another proof of the efficiency of this project. I personally believe that the government should start investing more in this project in order to increase its efficiency, which will result in more arrests, less crimes and corruption and a higher security for all citizens.


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I wasn’t aware there was a Montreal-Anti corruption squad and I agree that the government should invest more in the project. Particularly because according to Utilitarianism, a teleological framework, the project is ethical. Utilitarianism believes that the action that brings the greatest good to the greatest number is the only ethical option. As you mentioned, the squad has already made 6 arrests concerning corruption in the construction of Montreal’s new McGill Superhospital. This has brought good to the general public because it’s eliminated some of the corruption in Montreal’s construction industry. The only harm it’s brought is to those who are arrested but they committed a crime and are therefore deserving of the legal consequences. It’s safe to say the 6 arrests made were ethical. Eliminating corruption in the construction business would mean contracts would be given to the companies who are most deserving and qualified for the job instead of contracts that have ulterior motives. This would benefit those working in construction because everyone would have a fair chance to secure contracts and the general public because reduced corruption leads to a better society. Therefore, the Montreal-Anti corruption squad is an ethical project that should be given adequate support.