Jenique Dalcourt homicide: Suspect Walks

Family members of Jenique Dalcourt, arrive at a hearing for a suspect in the case at the Longueuil courthouse on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.

Family members of Jenique Dalcourt, arrive at a hearing for a suspect in the case at the Longueuil courthouse on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.

What a colossal screw-up by Longueuil lawn enforcement. I can’t say I am surprised. After holding a suspect in connection with the vicious beating death of Jenique Dalcourt for two days, a Crown prosecutor made the stunning announcement on Monday that the man would be released without being charged. Seems LE got a little ahead of themselves, at the appalling expense of the victim’s family.

More from Paul Cherry of The Gazette:

The prosecutor, Sylvie Villeneuve, made the announcement to Quebec Court Judge Ellen Paré after the family of the victim, Jenique Dalcourt spent the entire day at the courthouse, for nothing.

The 26-year-old man, a resident of Longueuil who has no criminal record in Quebec’s provincial court, was arrested Saturday afternoon, four days after Dalcourt, 23, was severely beaten, on Oct. 21, as she walked home from work along the dark section of a bike path in the Vieux Longueuil borough of the South Shore city before 10 p.m. Reportedly, he was one of a few men the Longueuil police questioned as potential witnesses minutes after Dalcourt was found injured by a passerby who called 911. Dalcourt died the following morning.

The Longueuil police spent days at the crime scene and went over the bike path, and an adjacent cemetery, thoroughly in an effort to find evidence among the leaf-covered ground on either side of the path. They also conducted a door-to-door campaign by visiting more than 200 residents in the surrounding area in the hopes of finding witnesses. Their efforts appeared to produce results when the man was arrested on Saturday, but Villeneuve’s surprise announcement on Monday came with a request that the man be released.

“No charge will be laid at this moment,” Villeneuve said with no further explanation to the judge. The Crown made no comment to reporters at the end of the day. A person arrested as a suspect in a crime in Canada can be detained for only a certain amount of time without being charged.

Before agreeing with the request, Paré made sure to point out that the man had been detained at the courthouse all day while the court and the man’s legal aid lawyer, Jean François Lambert, waited for an indictment to be produced by the Crown. Twelve of Dalcourt’s relatives, including her mother, father, stepfather and brother sat in the courtroom for almost the entire day while Paré handled dozens of other cases on Monday.

“This is difficult,” Dalcourt’s stepfather said before Villeneuve made the announcement. He asked that his name not be published. “Every time the door opens (to bring a detained suspect into the prisoner’s dock) we get nervous. We didn’t know what to expect in the courtroom today.”

“(Jenique) was a good girl. She kept to herself — wouldn’t have looked for trouble,” the stepfather said. “She always tried to set a good example for her sisters.”

The victim’s father and her brother, John and Nick Gandolfo, respectively, came to Longueuil from Long Island, New York, after learning that Jenique had been killed. John Gandolfo said that before last week he was looking forward to Christmas because his daughter had made plans to travel to New York for the holiday.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, the suspect walked out of the Longueuil courthouse escorted by several special constables from the courthouse and what appeared to be a few relatives. The man shielded his face with a hood and a piece of paper and had no comment.

The Longueuil police had planned to hold a news conference after the 26-year-old man appeared in court. When that did not happen they instead released a short, written statement.

“Several elements of proof were submitted to the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (the prosecution), however the results of expert analysis (on some evidence) are still expected. At this stage, the investigation is ongoing,” the statement read. The Longueuil police also said they would continue increased patrols of the bike path.

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#GillesPimparé ≠ libération conditionnelle

Une crime tres malade . J’ai pris mes enfants à La Ronde il ya 2 ans . Nous nous sommes garés et sommes allés à la grille d’entrée , en passant sous le pont Jacques-Cartier . Il avait été plus de 30 ans que je n’avais pas visité La Ronde . Tout ce que je pouvais penser était les enfants:

Gilles Pimparé

Gilles Pimparé

Trente-cinq ans après le meurtre de deux adolescents sur le pont Jacques-Cartier, Gilles Pimparé, l’un des deux meurtriers, demandera pour la sixième fois, mercredi, d’obtenir sa libération conditionnelle.

TVA Nouvelles a rencontré la mère de Maurice Marcil, l’une des deux jeunes victimes.

Madeleine Hébert, qui habite maintenant en Europe, a accepté de parler pour la première fois.

Mme Hébert a notamment fait référence à une entrevue de Gilles Pimparé dans sa cellule de La Macaza en 2010 lors de laquelle il avait déclaré que «personne ne devait mourir, ça devait être une agression sexuelle. Nous aurions été condamnés d’agressions sexuelles et j’aurais été condamné à 10 au 14 ans de pénitencier. Personne ne devait mourir».

«Cette phrase m’a marquée, dit Madeleine Hébert. Personne ne devait mourir. Personne c’est qui, c’est un objet. Personne, ce n’est pas un individu. Ça n’a pas de personnalité. Qu’est que le mot personne veut signifier?»

Mme Hébert sera présente à l’audience de Pimparé afin que la mémoire de son fils ne soit pas oubliée. Elle lira une courte déclaration pour s’opposer à la libération de l’homme de 60 ans.

«Tant et aussi longtemps qu’il n’aura pas reconnu et assumé ses actes criminels et fait cette démarche intérieure, celle qui l’aura transformé en un être humain susceptible de réintégrer la société, je m’opposerai à sa libération.»

Gilles Pimparé peut demander une libération conditionnelle tous les deux ans. Il a échoué à ses cinq premières tentatives.

Selon les rapports d’experts, Pimparé aurait encore des déviances sexuelles et il ne reconnaîtrait pas ses délits.

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Quebec 1977: Who was The Bootlace Killer?

There was a serial killer operating not only in the Eastern Townships in the 1970s, but also in the Montreal region. Call him The Bootlace Killer. Louise Camirand, Helen Monast, Denise Bazinet and Theresa Allore were all most likely strangled by a thin ligature. Camirand with her bootlace, Monast and Bazinet most likely with their shoe laces, and my sister, Theresa Allore with her scarf (she was wearing Chinese slippers with no laces when she disappeared). Because some of these cases extend into the Montreal region, they call into question many other murder investigations from that era that remain unsolved, most notably the unsolved murder of Sharron Prior.

Let me begin by stating that I do not like unifying theories, especially those involving serial killers. But given the explosion in information exchanged due to the Internet in the last 10-years, the communication between the Victims’ families in these cases and the vast amount of cyber-sleuthing, and the fact that within these 10 years Quebec law enforcement has not solved any of these cases; the matter now requires some innovation, imagination and – above all else – simple curiosity. It is time for a fresh approach.

The original investigation

Louise Camirand: Bootlace clearly visable around  neck.

Louise Camirand: Bootlace clearly visable around neck.

When the theory of a serial predator roaming the Eastern Townships was first put forward ten years ago we were only talking about 3 cases; Theresa Allore, Manon Dube and Louise Camirand (for a quick refresher on those cases, check out the Wikipedia site here). What made this theory so compelling was the timing and geographic immediacy of all the crimes. As Geographic Profiler, Kim Rossmo summarized:

“Three murders of low-risk young women in a 19-month period, in such a tight geographic cluster, is highly suspicious, and not likely to be a chance occurrence.”

However, there were differences in some of the circumstances. Dube was a child found fully clothed and the exact cause of her death has never been determined. Allore was most likely strangled, presumably by her scarf . Louise Camirand was the least elusive case; she was clearly strangled by her boot lace, and her boots were never recovered.

 

 

 

Denise Bazinet

The case of Denise Bazinet, to my understanding, has been forgotten. Trawl the internet and you will find one reference to it: The Quebec journaliste, Jacques Guay apparently covered the case in 1977. The case has been sitting in the archives of Allo Police for 35 years where I recently discovered it.

Denise Bizanet: marks of strangulation clearly visable.

Denise Bizanet: marks of strangulation clearly visable.

Like many of the victims, 23-year-old Denise Bazinet was a low risk female. She worked as a cashier at Saint Hubert barbeque. On the night of her disappearance she was last seen at a local restaurant. She disappeared from Montreal in the Fall of 1977. Her semi-nude body was found on October 24th, 1977 at the side of autoroute 35 near the Chambly Saint-Luc exit, east of La Prairie. Bazinet had been sexually assaulted and strangled. She was wearing her jewelry; a watch, earrings, a ring on her finger. Some of her clothing was found strewn along the shoulder of the road, but some items were missing. She was wearing her right shoe – sport shoes with thick laces – but her left shoe was off and discarded along the road. The crime scene photo of Bazinet clearly shows the thin line along her neck where the mark of strangulation was made, presumably by something thin like her shoe lace. The crime scene is just under 10 miles from Chambly, Quebec where just 6 weeks earlier Helene Monast was found strangled.

 

Helene Monast

Crime scene of Helene Monast

Crime scene of Helene Monast

September 11, 1977. Again, a low risk female. She was out with friends the night she disappeared, last seen at a local restaurant, Chez Marius. She was found across the street in a public park along the Chambly canal. Clothing was discarded along side of the body… personal items; a pack of Export A cigarettes, a box of Chiclets. Some articles of clothing were missing, notably her shoes. Investigators asked her family at the time of the discovery whether Helene wore shoes with laces. When Helene’s sister saw the body she noticed a thin line along her neck from stragulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Camirand, Denise Bazinet, Helene Monast, and Theresa Allore. Low risk females. All found in wooded or rural settings. Articles of clothing missing. In the case of Camirand, Monast and Allore shoes are missing. Articles of clothing scattered next to the bodies. Jewelry left on most of the victims. All strangled, presumably by thin ligatures like a shoe lace or a scarf.

 

Crime scene of Denise Bizanet

Crime scene of Denise Bizanet

 

The addition of Bazinet and Monast to the original 3 cases of Camirand, Dube and Allore extends the geographic radius beyond the Eastern Townships of Quebec to the Montreal region. I believe it a worthy exercise to consider other unsolved homicides from the same era in the same region with similar victimologies. It has been close to 40 years and Quebec police have not been able to advance the resolution of any of these cases, it’s time for some fresh eyes.

 

 

 

 

 Jocelyne Houle

24 year old Jocelyne Houle disappeared from the Old Munich bar in downtown Montreal (corner of St. Denis and Dorchester / Rene Levesque) in April 1977, one month after Louis Camirand’s disappearance in Sherbrooke. Her body was found along the side of a rural road in Saint Calixte, North of Laval. She was sexually assaulted and beaten. Articles of clothing were scattered. Her shoes were removed. It is not known how she died, but her autopsy report should be examined to see if the coroner determined she was strangled.

Johanne Dorion

17 year old Johanne Dorion was last seen by a bus driver along 9th avenue in Fabreville, Laval on July 30th, 1977, six weeks before the Monast murder. She was found shortly thereafter five blocks away in a wooded area along the banks of Riviere des Mille Iles. The body was badly decomposed, but she had been stabbed. Note that both Houle and Dorion were nursing students, and Camirand worked at a dental office.

Katherine Hawkes

34 year old Hawkes was found in a wooded area next to the Val Royal CN train station on September 20th, 1977, 9 days after the Monast murder, and a month before the Bazinet murder. She was sexually assaulted, beaten and stabbed. Her clothing was stacked about 12 feet from the body. Personal items were missing, including her purse.

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Eight possibly related cases. Now let’s pause for a moment. Little of what I have proposed so far is original.   I lifted it.   In a November 6th, 1977 article on the Denise Bazinet murder, Allo Police implied that six of the cases might be related: Bazinet, Camirand, Houle, Dorion, Monast and Hawkes. But what Allo Police was suggesting was that given the timing – 6 murders in 8 months – the accelerated pace might imply a connection. I am suggesting this, but a further element. Time and place are certainly important; but the victimology is similar: low risk women, rural wooded sites, clothing scattered or missing, strangulation in most cases. And something Allo Police could not have known in the Fall of 1977; there would be / could be more cases, most notably Theresa Allore and Manon Dube. One further disclosure. The Camirand / Dube / Allore connection? That too was not an original idea. Allo Police suggested it by referencing each of the cases in their articles, each time a new body was discovered.

Can we go further?

Having gone this far, why stop there if there are other cold cases that fit the victimology? As I have said, the Quebec police don’t have any new ideas, so let’s consider the following:

Claudette Poirier

15 year old Claudette Poirier disappeared from Drummondville July 27, 1977. Later her bicycle was recovered from the side of a rural road in the area. Nearly 10 years later her bones were recovered in a local camp ground. We don’t know how she died.

Chantal Tremblay

17 year old Chantal Tremblay disappeared from Rosemere on July 29, 1977. Her body was recovered 8 months later in Terrebonne. She was murdered, but we don’t know how she died. Her autopsy report should be examined to see if the coroner determined she was strangled.

Unidentified

unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A murder victim between the ages of 18 and 25 was discovered along chemin de lac in Longeueil on April 2nd, 1977. And given the time and place of this discovery, this then leads back to the consideration of the murder of…

Sharron Prior

Crime scene of Sharron Prior

Crime scene of Sharron Prior

Of all these cases, Sharon Prior’s is the most widely known. Given the geography, timing and victimology her case should be considered in these matters. It’s been nearly 40 years, and the Longeueil Police have advanced nothing.

Consider this:

The unidentified victim from 1977 and Sharron Prior were both discovered along Chemin de Lac in Longeueil. Prior went missing from Montreal, and – like Bazinet, Tremblay and Houle – her body was found off the island in the “suburbs”. Prior was found in a wooded area. Her clothing was scattered around the crime scene. There are obstacles with making a connection; Prior is a 1975 case (does that go back too far?). She was savagely beaten; her chest was collapsed, a tooth was driven through her lip. Was she strangled? We don’t know.

But maybe Sharron Prior fought harder. Maybe she resisted her assault more than the others. If you look at the crime scene photos of Camirand, Monast and Prior, it is the same victimology; you think you are looking at the same crime scene.

Is there anything else?

Certainly. The question is, how far forward and backward are you willing to go? What else should be considered? Here are my  best / worst ideas:

 Alice Pare

14 year old Pare disappears from her school in Drummondville in February, 1971. Her body is found in April 1971 in a wooded area near Victoriaville. She had been strangled.

Tammy Leakey

The 12 year old goes missing from Point Saint Charles in Montreal blocks from where Sharron Prior disappeared in March 1981. Her body is discovered soon after in Dorval; raped, stabbed once, and strangled, possibly with a cord or lace. There was always criticism that Manon Dube didn’t fit the profile because she was too young (10 years old). I think the rape and murder of Leakey puts to rest any doubts about who a predator may prey upon.

The following cases are disappearances. They just vanished. We don’t know if they were runaways, or what happened to them:

Johanne Danserault: 16, disappeared from Fabreville, June 1977

Sylvie Doucet: 13, disappeared East Montreal, June 1977

Elizabeth Bodzy: 14, disappeared Laval, July 1977

The police need to look into these cases to determine if they ran away from home, if they were murdered or if they simply “vanished”.

Here is a GIF animation showing locations of disappearances, followed by where bodies were discovered. Worth a thousand words. In the 1970s, someone was moving bodies out of Sherbrooke, and off the island of Montreal:

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To see more maps click on this link.

With the exception of Helene Monast, none of these cases are included in the Surete du Quebec’s  cold case file for special examination. Quebec law enforcement (SQ, SPVM,Longeueil, RCMP, Laval) all need to work together to consider the evidence in these cases. These cases need to be re-examined as a group of potentially linked sex murders. At the very least, physical evidence from the cases (if any of it still exists) should be re-examined using modern DNA testing, and all the evidence should be cross-referenced to look for potential patterns and links.

(All photos are the  property/used courtesy of Allo Police/Section Rouge Média Inc.)

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Heading back to Quebec

Long time no posts.  My apologies, but the Spring is my busy season at work and it’s hard for me to focus on anything but finance and budgets.

I will be in Quebec for a holiday in August and there are some things I am mulling over:

1. Should I include a stop-over in Sherbrooke? It seems pointless, nothing I can’t do on a computer that I can achieve there. But it’s been about 5 years since I passed through, maybe there would be some value in visiting the place.

2. Should I visit the Surete de Quebec when I’m in Montreal? Sort of the same issues with Sherbrooke; is there anything I can achieve? Pierre always said there is value in having face-time with the police, and I will be staying about 1/2 mile from their HQ. But also, I will be with my kids; I am supposed to be relaxing and enjoying time with them, not getting involved in this unholy mess again.

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CEIC Charbonneau: Eric Vecchio: Montreal Police Officer

Eric Vecchio

What to say about today’s events where we were subjected to hours of survaillance video of the Rizutto clan  while Montreal police officer Eric Vecchio provided the play-by-play? If you want the details, Sidhartha Banerjee, has a nice rundown in The Post. 

Here’s my observations of the whole affair, and some of my questions:

  • I can’t believe how sleazy and squalid these offices / clubs look. If this is the high-life Mafia style, I’m thankful for my corner office (is that a Clowns-on-Velvet / Dogs Playing Poker portrait on the wall behind them?) : This looks like the most sordid NBC shakedown ever. It makes Chris Hansen’s To Catch A Predator look like an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
  • The Christmas party, December 24th, 2005: this is the best they can do? A paper plate of baked ziti and a shot of Dewers in a paper cup?
  • Vecchio looks like the guy who farted in the CEIC room, like he’d rather be anywhere than these hearings. 
  • And who can blame him? When asked if the RCMP shared the tapes with other law enforcement, his embarrassing response? “We tried to contact them, but they never returned our calls”. Really?! A note to the RCMP / SPVM / SQ: you all play in the same sandbox. Now stop insulting us, and start acting like the law enforcement agencies that we know you can be: ones that live up to their potential and work together to solve the crime problems of our society. You’ll be surprised how sexy you look in the mirror. 
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Party People, Do the Rizzuto Sock Stuff!

# CEIC Charbonneau Commission: This just gets better and better:

First came names and now a Quebec corruption inquiry is watching video of construction bosses handing over cash to Mafia chieftains at a notorious Sicilian Mafia hangout in Montreal.

A local police detective is showing surveillance video of prominent construction bosses and high-ranking members of the Rizzuto clan exchanging and counting cash.

Some of the video shows the late Niccolo Rizzuto — the onetime don of the country’s most powerful crime family — stuffing cash into his socks.

A businessman seen at the hangout 236 times over the span of two years was identified by an investigator as a “middle man” between the construction industry and the once-dominant Rizzuto clan.

Eric Vecchio, a Montreal police detective working with the Charbonneau Commission, says the video demonstrates that one member of the Rizzuto hierarchy, Rocco Sollecito, was in charge of dealing with construction cash.

The videos were shot during Operation Colisee, a five-year investigation that culminated with mass arrests in 2006 in the largest sweep against the Italian Mafia in Canadian history.

But the RCMP says it never used the evidence gathered on the videos — because because it wasn’t pertinent to its drug investigation. The Mounties fought in court, unsuccessfully, to keep from sharing the evidence at the public inquiry.

The Charbonneau Commission, which is looking into criminal corruption in the construction industry and its ties to organized crime and political parties, gained that evidence after a court battle with the Mounties.

The commission’s own investigators have been able to identify certain construction industry executives not identified by the RCMP.

The language spoken on the videos is mainly a Sicilian dialect.

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#CEIC Charbonneau Commission: More RCMP testimony on tap for today

Linda Féquière

I was largely missing from watching the hearing yesterday. Thanks to Monique Muise at The Gazette I stayed on top of it. The Commission mostly heard testimony from the RCMP (Corporal Vinicio Sebastiano, and Corporal Linda Féquière). Sebastiano testified that the RCMP’s Project Colisée  (2000 – 2006) was focused on putting away Mafia drug lords. Whenever construction entrepreneurs or political parties came up on the 35,000 hours of video surveillance, it was largely ignored.  The Commission will likely be taking a grater interest in those tapes in the coming days. The RCMP was forced to hand over all their information from Project Colisee in March. From Muise:

The Charbonneau Commission, in contrast, is very interested in those tapes, and in the list of visitors to the two mob hangouts entered into evidence Tuesday. That list includes the names Tony Magi, Michel Argento and Francesco (Frank) Catania, among others.

Magi was spotted at both clubs a handful of times, often in the company of his legitimate business partner, Nick Rizzuto Jr., who was gunned down in late-2009 outside Magi’s offices. Magi himself survived a brazen assassination attempt while driving in N.D.G. in 2008, and his wife survived a similar shooting incident last year. Magi has never been directly linked to the Mafia.

In related news, the focus of Project Colisee, Vito Rissoto is to be released from a Colorado prison on October 6th.

 

Watch the hearings here.

Follow on Twitter: Monique Muise (Gazette) @monique_muise ,  Stephane Giroux (CTV) @SGirouxCTV,  AD Humphreys (Mafia expert)  @AD_Humphrey

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CEIC Charbonneau Commission: Joseph Pistone (Donnie Brasco) Testimony

Joseph Pistone (alias Donnie Brasco) , a former FBI agent who infiltrated the New York Mafia is testifying today. Pistone is beginning to make the link between the New York / Sicilian Mafia and the Montreal underworld.

– Pistone says drugs were shipped internationally to Montreal for later delivery to New York.

– Pistone links the Bannano family of New York to the Catroni family of Montreal.

– The shooter from Montreal who was brought down to NYC in 1981 was Vito Rizzuto, to be paroled from Montreal in a few weeks.

Watch the hearings here.

Follow on Twitter: Monique Muise (Gazette) @monique_muise ,  Stephane Giroux (CTV) @SGirouxCTV,  AD Humphreys (Mafia expert)  @AD_Humphrey

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CEIC: Avant Charbonneau, souvenez-vous de la Commission Malouf?

En attendant l’enquête de la construction Charbonneau réunir à nouveau, j’ai pensé qu’il pourrait être une bonne idée de visiter les fantômes du Québec Renseignements publique Passé.

Premièrement, le Québec n’a pas connu de pénurie des enquêtes publiques, ou les appels à une enquête publique. Certains sont bien connus et font partie de notre mémoire collective récente, l’enquête de la Commision Poitras à la Sûreté du Québec, la crise d’Oka Mohawk, l’effondrement du viaduc de Laval.

Le Royal Trust Co. désormais “Whiskey Dix”

Mais qui se souvient Premier Godbout 1943 appel à une enquête sur les pépinières d’hôpital? Ou que dire de l’appel à une enquête de valeurs mobilières lorsque la Compagnie Trust Royal (devenu RBC) déplacé actifs de Montréal à Kingston, à la veille d’une élection générale? A critiques déplacer réclamés a été conçu pour améliorer les craintes économiques d’un Québec indépendant et destablized (Le Québec Saint-Jean-Baptiste Société a appelé “comme répréhensible et avec des conséquences plus graves toute action terroriste” .) Se souvenir de l’affaire Fredy Villanueva? Bien sûr, vous le faites. Mais qu’en est-il du rapport Wagner en service de police d’une force excessive lors de la visite de la Reine de 1964 à Québec? Se souvenir de l’enquête Otto Lang dans le contrôle du trafic aérien entièrement bilingue ? Je ne le pense pas.

 

Jérôme Choquette dans les années 70

Celui-ci a attiré mon attention. En 1970, Roy Fournier, alors président du comité libéral de justice, a appelé à une grande enquête sur les activités de la pègre au Québec, une notion qui alors premier ministre Robert Bourassa a suggéré “pourrait être une bonne idée». Fournier a coûté la pègre était devenu si puissant Québec que seule une enquête publique majeur pourrait vraiment régler le problème. Puis, ministre de la Justice Jérôme Choquette d’accord en disant que jusqu’à 30% des nightclubs de Montréal ont été contrôlés par le Mafia.The précédent premier ministre Daniel Johnson a prévenu que,

“La pègre a envahi un nombre alarmant d’entreprises légitimes au Québec et appelé à une action immédiate du gouvernement pour freiner les opérations de la pègre».

Ahh, ce qui est passé est un prologue!

Bon, je vais arrêter d’être insolent et arriver à ce qui est vraiment dans mon esprit. Oui, mon point est que Duchesneau, Amato, Tenti, etc … sont tous chante une chanson du passé, mais le vrai éléphant dans la pièce est l’Enquête publique de la Commission Malouf dans Jeux Olympiques de Jean Drapeau de Montréal en 1976, et que nous avons appris quelque chose de cette ?

Albert Malouf

Permettez-moi de planter le décor, et m’arrêter quand tout cela commence à sonner familier. C’est 1977 et le Québec se réveille au fait qu’ils n’ont pas obtenu ce qu’ils ont payé. Deuxième acte du maire Drapeau à l’Expo 67 était censé coûter aux contribuables 120 millions de dollars, mais le prix à payer pour les Jeux Olympiques ont atteint 1,6 milliards de dollars (c’est vrai, “The Big Oh” … la dette finalement pris sa retraite en 2006). Le Parti québécois sont frais hors de leur victoire provinciale première et René Lévesque (lui-même juste après avoir esquivé une enquête publique pour la fatale hit-and-run d’Edgar Trottier) lance une enquête sur les Jeux, en nommant le juge Albert Malouf à la tête d’un homme à trois commission. Parmi les résultats:

1. Tous les contrats de construction de plus de 1 million de dollars devait avoir l’approbation spéciale du gouvernement. Cette mesure de protection a été contournée par des entrepreneurs qui ont tout simplement demandé une augmentation des contrats multiples en vertu de 1 million de dollars.

2. Le projet a été entièrement contrôlé par un seul homme, l’architecte  Robert Taillibert.

3. La société qui a remporté le contrat pour le stationnement avec une offre de 3,7 M $ a déposé plusieurs contrat augmente et finit par se faire payer 9,7 millions de dollars. Et le contrat n’a pas été exécuté jusqu’à 6 mois après les Jeux ont été achevés.

4. Les entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, Formes-Viau Stationnement, Les Formes de construction du Québec, Sabrice Ltd, Dubé et Dube, Bombardier, Roski Ltd, Stratinor, tous fini par gagner des bénéfices disproportionnés aux services rendus.

5. Roski Ltd, une filiale de Bombardier, a remporté un contrat pour la fourniture de sièges pour les Jeux, même si son offre ne répondait pas aux spécifications établies par la Ville de Montréal.

Le gâchis est le mieux résumée par Ian MacDonald, qui en a écrit une colonne 1978,

“Quand il s’agit de commissions d’enquête du Québec n’est vraiment pas une province comme les autres.

Commissions nommés par le gouvernement à Ottawa et ailleurs souvent se conformer à la maxime du Canada de résoudre un problème en faisant disparaître, les demandes du Québec supposent généralement une vie spectaculaire de la leur. “

MacDonald se passe pour confirmer ce que nous savons déjà, les enquêtes publiques sont spectaculairement mise en scène des actes de théâtre politique. Ils coûtent beaucoup, et finissent généralement boucs émissaires les mauvaises personnes, et esquiver les vrais problèmes.

Dans le cas de la Commission Malouf, les recommandations ont été formulées à la veille de l’élection municipale de Montréal. Il a critiqué le maire Jean Drapeau, et tout le monde largement excusé reste, y compris le gouvernement libéral provincial au pouvoir au moment des Jeux, à la grande consternation de René Lévesque (certains fonctionnaires mais j’ai perdu contre ) …

ET DRAPEAU quand même réussi à gagner l’élection.

Dans la prochaine année, alors que nous regardons comme témoin après témoin est traîné devant la Commission Charbonneau, comme le PLQ, CAQ, PQ jockey pour la position, alors que nous attendons les recommandations de Kabuki cette pantomime, nous pourrions envisager l’ passé et ne pas mettre nos espoirs trop haut.

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CEIC: Before Charbonneau, remember the Malouf Commission?

While we wait for the Charbonneau Construction Inquiry to reconvene, I thought it might be a good idea to visit the Ghosts of Quebec Public Inquiries Past.

First, Quebec has seen no shortage of public inquiries, or calls for public inquiries. Some are well known and form part of our recent collective memory;  the Poitras Commision’s inquiry into the Surete du Quebec,  the Oka Mohawk crisis, the Laval overpass collapse.

The Royal Trust Co. now “Whiskey Dix”

But who remembers Premier Godbout’s 1943 call for an inquiry into hospital nurseries? Or what about the call for a securities inquiry when The Royal Trust Company (became RBC) moved assets from Montreal to Kingston on the eve of a general election? A move critics claimed was designed to enhance economic fears of a destablized and independent Quebec (The Quebec St. John Baptiste Society called it  “as reprehensible and with graver consequences than any terrorist action”.) Remember the Fredy Villanueva affair? Of course you do. But what about the Wagner report into police’s use of excessive force during the 1964 Queen’s visit to Quebec City? Remember the Otto Lang inquiry into fully bilingual air traffic control? I didn’t think so.

 

Jerome Choquette in the 70s

This one caught my attention. In 1970 Roy Fournier, then chairman of the Liberal justice committee, called for a major inquiry into underworld activities in Quebec, a notion that then Premier Robert Bourassa suggested “might be a good idea”. Fournier claimed the criminal underworld had become so powerful in Quebec that only a major public inquiry could really address the problem. Then justice minister Jerome Choquette concurred saying that up 30% of Montreal nightclubs were controlled by the Mafia.The previous premier Daniel Johnson warned that,

“the underworld has invaded an alarming number of legitimate businesses in Quebec and urged immediate government action to curb underworld operations”.

Ahh, what’s past is prologue!

Alright, I’ll stop being cheeky and get to what’s really on my mind. Yes, my point is that Duchesneau, Amato, Tenti, etc… are all singing a song of the past, but the real elephant in the room is the Malouf Commission’s Public Inquiry into Jean Drapeau’s 1976 Montreal Olympics, and did we learn anything from that?

Albert Malouf

Let me set the stage, and stop me when any of this starts sounding familiar. It’s 1977 and Quebec is waking up to the fact that they didn’t get what they paid  for. Mayor Drapeau’s second act to Expo 67 was supposed to cost tax payers $120M, but the price tag for the Olympics reached $1.6B (that’s right, “The Big Oh”… debt finally retired in 2006). The Parti Quebecois are fresh off their first provincial win and Rene Levesque (himself  having just dodged a public inquiry for the fatal hit-and-run of Edgar Trotier) launches an inquiry into the Games, appointing Justice Albert Malouf to head a three-man commission. Among the findings:

1. All construction contracts over $1M had to have special government approval. This safeguard was circumvented by contractors who simply asked for multiple contract increases under $1M.

2. The project was completely controlled by one man, French architect Rober Taillibert.

3. The company that won the contract for parking with a bid of $3.7M filed multiple contract increases and ended up getting paid $9.7M. And the contract was not executed until 6 months after the Games were completed.

4. The chief contractors, Formes du Quebec-Stationnement Viau, Les Formes du Quebec Construction, Sabrice Ltd, Dube and Dube, Bombardier, Roski Ltd, Stratinor, all ended up earning profits disproportionate with the services rendered.

5. Roski Ltd., a subsidiary of Bombardier, won a contract for providing seats for the Games even though its bid did not meet the specifications set by the City of Montreal. 

The whole mess is best summed up by Ian MacDonald who in a 1978 column wrote,

“When it comes to commissions of inquiry Quebec is truly not a province like the others.

Government-appointed commissions in Ottawa and elsewhere often conform to the Canadian dictum of solving a problem by making it go away, Quebec inquiries typically assume a spectacular life of their own.”  

MacDonald goes on to confirm what we already know; Public Inquiries are spectacularly staged acts of political theater. They cost a lot, and usually wind up scapegoating the wrong people, and sidestep solving real problems. 

In the Case of the Malouf Commission, the recommendations came on the eve of the Montreal municipal election. It found fault with Mayor Jean Drapeau, and largely excused everyone else, including the Liberal provincial government in power at the time of the Games, much to the dismay of Rene Levesque  (some civil servants got spanked)…

AND DRAPEAU STILL MANAGED TO WIN THE ELECTION.

 In the next year, while we watch as witness after witness is dragged before the Charbonneau Commission, as the PLQ, CAQ, PQ jockey for position, as we wait for the recommendations from this Kabuki dumb-show, we might want to look to the past and not set our hopes too high.

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Ce site est du meurtre non résolu de Theresa Allore qui a été trouvé dans Compton, Québec le 13 Avril, 1979.

Si vous avez n'importe quelles informations à propos de la mort de Theresa et à propos de l'investigation contactent son frère John Allore: johnallore(@)gmail(dot)com. Merci.

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This site is about the unsolved murder of Theresa Allore who died November 3, 1978 in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. If you have any information please contact her brother John Allore, johnallore(at)gmail (dot)com

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