MONTREAL, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - In the best interest of citizens
of Montréal, Richard Deschamps and all the elected members of the
previous Executive Committee wish to clearly establish their position
and set the record straight in regards to the statements made by
Michael Applebaum concerning the disclosure of the 2004 Report and
subsequent reports of 2006, 2009/2010 and August 2012. The 2004 Report
deals with risk management for construction contracts.
The 2004 Report: a report kept secret for far too long
On October 30, 2012, during a meeting of the Executive Committee, Alan
DeSousa, Mayor of the Saint-Laurent borough and vice-chair of the
Executive Committee, requested that the 2004 Report be made public
immediately. His request was rejected by the president of the Executive
Committee, Michael Applebaum, the pretext being the imminent budget
On that occasion and subsequently, the members of the Executive
Committee repeatedly asked for a copy of this report and of the
subsequent reports; requests that were left unanswered until November
12, when publicly released.
In an interview given to The Gazette, November 9, Mr. Applebaum falsely
affirmed that members of the Executive Committee had received copies of
the 2004 report November 5.
On November 9, when he resigned as President of the Executive Committee,
Michael Applebaum falsely confirmed to the media that the elected
members of the Executive Committee for the City of Montréal were
opposed to the public release of the 2004 Report. In reality on
November 7, the Executive Committee he was then presiding had come to
an agreement to make these reports public on November 12.
In fact, at 11 a. m. on November 12, all reports were made available to
the members of the Executive Committee and publicly released.
"This clarification is necessary and contradicts the allegations made by
Michael Applebaum who contends that members of the Executive Committee
at that time were opposed to the disclosure of the report. We were
somewhat astonished to learn that these reports had never been
submitted to the members of the Executive Committee. We know that we
have a duty to the general population to remain vigilant. However, we
still haven't gotten satisfying reasons as to why those reports were
never shown to consecutive upper management teams and to Mayor Gérald
Tremblay. We are still waiting for explanations justifying why those
reports stayed hidden inside the Administrative departments for so
long," stated Richard Deschamps, city councillor for the LaSalle
borough and member of the Executive Committee.
"Had the members of the Executive Committee received the 2004 reports in
2004, I am certain that we could have made on-the-spot corrections to
the contract awarding procedures. Without a doubt, the contracts
awarded in subsequent years would have been subject to stricter
controls. We need to ensure that no one can prevent the release of such
important information. I will continue to closely follow the work of
the Executive Committee, as I always have. As an elected member I am
accountable, so too is the Mayor of Montréal," added Alan DeSousa,
mayor for the Saint-Laurent borough.
The nature of these reports
The 2004 Report sheds light, among other things, on the cost differences
varying between 30 to 40% among projects completed in an open market
and projects completed in a closed market. This report was never
submitted to the Executive Committee.
The 2006 Report is the result of an internal audit concerning roadwork,
water and sewer projects carried out and reveals a systematic
under-evaluation of the estimated costs for contracts awarded in 2005
and the lack of prevention and detection mechanisms for fraud and
collusion. This report was never submitted to the Executive Committee.
The 2009/2010 Report is a response plan for the water and sewer network,
revealing significant costs overpaid by the City for this kind of
infrastructure work in comparison to other cities in Quebec. This
report was never submitted to the Executive Committee.
The 2012 Report was prepared for the Infrastructure and Environment
Department and is an analysis of the costs of the projects and
contingencies. This report was submitted to the members of the
SOURCE: UNION MONTREAL
For further information:
Louise Fournier, Union Montréal, cell phone 514-567-6972