The Liberal government in Quebec City announces two audits in response to allegations of fraud involving the Société immobilière du Québec (SIQ). The Auditor General will review all contracts from 2003 to 2012 and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will review all outstanding leases.
The Coalition Future Quebec (CAQ) tabled a motion to that effect today in the National Assembly. In a press conference, Treasury Board President Carlos Leitao said the Liberals were going to vote in favor of it. The government only wishes to add a final paragraph in order for the Auditor General to consult with the police when it makes its investigation public, in order to avoid harming their own.
Leitao added that the Auditor General, Guylaine Leclair, has already done a similar audit while working for Accuracy. “It’s ironic, it will make things easier,” he said.
Audit of Current Leases
Today, the Société québécoise d’infrastructure (SQI), formerly the SIQ, signed a contract with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to help it analyze all the leases currently in force.
“This will be a systematic analysis of all the leases currently in force between the SQI and the various contractors,” Carlos Leitao said.