Western Quebec School Board Director of Buildings and Transportation Colin O’Shea has been placed on “administrative leave” with pay, as Quebec’s Permanent Anticorruption Unit (UPAC) investigates a link between the school board and 31 contracts worth $33 million awarded to GMR Construction and Toitures Marcel Raymond over the past 10 years. The majority of these contracts were signed by O’Shea himself.
One of those contracts is the construction of the new $8 million school in Wakefield.
WQSB Director-general Paul Lamoureux said the school board “strongly believes due process has been followed,” in the awarding of the contracts, but told the Low Down that he can’t be sure.
“We do believe that, but if you’re asking me 100 per cent, I can’t give you a definite answer,” he said.
Lamoureux added that the investigation will have no affect on the building of the Wakefield School and that construction on Riverside will continue as planned.
CBC Radio Canada also reports a potential conflict of interest between O’Shea and one of Marcel Raymond’s companies after the school official purchased a luxurious condo worth $700,000 nearly two years ago in Hull. The purchase was never declared to the Association of branches of Quebec school boards in its annual declaration of interests.
O’Shea has refused to comment on the issue, according to Radio Canada.
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