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Collusion in Longueuil: a former vice-president of SNC-Lavalin sentenced –

While he was vice-president of business development for a division of the SNC-Lavalin firm, Yves Cadotte allegedly tolerated or participated in a system of sharing engineering contracts that raged in Longueuil from 2002 to 2009.

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An investigation conducted by the syndic of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) revealed in 2018 that five firms would have taken part in this large system of collusion. Thanks to recurring contributions to a hidden fund of the Municipal Party of Longueuil (PML), SNC-Lavalin, Consultants SM, Dessau, Cima + and Genivar would have ensured to obtain the lion’s share of municipal contracts during this period.

This system of collusion would have been orchestrated mainly by two political organizers of the PML at the time, André Létourneau and Serge Sévigny.

Thus, SNC-Lavalin, through Yves Cadotte, would have paid sums of cash to a political organizer of the PML, within the framework of political fundraising activities. The Disciplinary Council of the Order of Engineers of Quebec (OIQ) stresses, however, that “there is no evidence that Mr. Cadotte actively participated in the development or implementation of collusion schemes”. Moreover, he would have fully collaborated in the investigation of the office of the syndic.

The Disciplinary Council underlines in its decision that Yves Cadotte violated ethical obligations “which are at the very heart of the exercise of his profession”. He imposed fines totaling $ 30,000 on him. Respondent had previously declared himself guilty of the acts with which he was charged.

Yves Cadotte resigned from SNC-Lavalin in March 2013, following his testimony before the Charbonneau Commission. From September 2014 to December 2017, he was Senior Director of Projects and Production at GSM Project. Since 2018, he has been Senior Director of Design and Construction at Pomerleau. (GM)