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Quebec corruption probe into construction corruption coming out today

MONTREAL — The long-awaited report into corruption in Quebec's construction industry is set to be made public this morning.

Superior Court Justice France Charbonneau will deliver a statement at 11 o'clock eastern just as the report is released online.

A news release from the commission she spearheaded said she will not take questions or grant interviews.

Former Quebec premier Jean Charest created the commission in 2011 after months of intense public pressure, sparked in large part by various exposes by investigative journalists on the construction industry and its ties to organized crime and the financing of political parties.

The inquiry heard testimony over 30 months, beginning in the summer of 2012.

Witnesses described how some construction companies had links to organized crime and that the widespread collusion benefited political parties and corrupt bureaucrats.

The Canadian Press

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