MONTREAL —The RCMP have charged the former head of Canada’s Federal Bridge Corporation and his wife with corruption offences linked to the awarding of a $127-million contract to Montreal-based firm SNC-Lavalin to rebuild Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge in 2000.
Media reports have indicated that the home of Michel Fournier, one-time chief of staff to former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Judith Barkley-Fournier was raided on June 28.
The RCMP are said to have arrested and charged Michel Fournier with:
• Fraud on the government.
• Breach of trust.
• Possession of property obtained by crime.
• Laundering the proceeds of crime.
The charges come after an RCMP investigation into millions of dollars of payments made to a Swiss bank under a code name for Fournier in 2000, the reports indicate, shortly after the bridge corporation awarded the contract to SNC-Lavalin.
Judith Barkley-Fournier is said to have been charged with possession of property obtained by crime and laundering the proceeds of crime, the RCMP said.