His Highness the TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2012-10-24 15:52:32 UTC
adding unnecessary obstacles to the roads. The money is dumped
wherever they feel like it instead of addressing the real needs of the
community, for example, connecting the existing bike lanes. This is
reality around here.
But this radical idea is being put in practice in Quebec, where
corruption is eating away as much as 30% of the funds for public
works. I figure this number is about 90% of the Banana Republic where
I live. So it means that nothing gets done while the money is being
dumped down the drain, or "black hole" as I call it.
Imagine the revolution making this everyday practice to fight
corruption. That's right, the revolution is about solutions. I would
bring German and Dutch experts to reconstruct roads and bike
facilities, to install speed cameras and institute autobahns.
MONTREAL--The Quebec government is enthusiastically endorsing the idea
of opening up public-works contracts to European companies in the wake
of corruption scandals in its construction industry.
The province's international-relations minister said opening the door
to foreign competition could help solve Quebec's problem.
There had been speculation about whether the newly elected Parti
Quebecois government would support or fight efforts at a Canadian free-
trade deal with the European Union. It was energetically touting
Friday some of the benefits of a possible agreement.
"If we want to extract the cancer that is collusion and corruption--is
more light and more competition part of the answer? You bet it is,"
Jean-Francois Lisee said in Montreal, following an information session
on Canada-EU negotiations.
"Of course, more competition and more players in a small market can
only help in giving us more bang for our buck, and so, that's good
Lisee's comments come as Quebec holds an explosive inquiry into
corruption and collusion in its construction industry.
He noted that Quebec spends about $5 billion per year on
infrastructure projects of which, according to inquiry testimony,
between 15 and 30 per cent has been funnelled to criminal
organizations or gobbled up through rigged bids and kickbacks.