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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    Another planner behaving badly: Montreal

    HEADLINE: Former Montreal city planner admits to $600,000 in kickbacks

    according to his own admission he rigged city contracts so they would go to companies he chose.
    In exchange Surprenant accepted $600,000 in bribes over two decades

    said that because of his actions the city ended up spending far more on contracts than was necessary.
    Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-...#ixzz29mK0IZBt

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    Damn. All I ever got was once a developer, who owned the rental property behind mine, plowed the snow from the alley behind my garage when he saw me out there with a shovel. I seriously failed to abuse the power I had.
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Cyburbian ofos's avatar
    Jul 2006
    Slightly Off-Center
    I didn't make that much money in the ten years that I was an active public planner. Should have taken kickbacks instead of a salary.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
    Mar 1996
    Upstate New York
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    Moderator note:
    Thanks for posting this! Moved the thread from the FAC, and tweaked the title a bit.

    I know there's a problem with corruption in government at all levels in Quebec, but I didn't think planners would be a part of it.

    But he never wanted a condominium, a boat or a flashy car. He ultimately found other ways to spend the cash, saying he blew about one-half of it at the Montreal Casino.

    “It was my way of putting this money back into the coffers of the state,” Surprenant said. “It was my way of paying a kind of tax.”

    It doesn't sound like he took bribes for favorable recommendations on zoning or development requests. The planners that seem to be busted for this kind of activity seem to deal more with contracts of various kinds.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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