Former city of Montreal general manager rejects corruption allegations

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MONTREAL - A former general manager of the city of Montreal is categorically denying allegations he was involved in corruption in Quebec's construction industry.

Robert Abdallah says allegations made by Lino Zambito at Quebec's construction inquiry are false and unfounded.

The former construction executive told the Charbonneau Commission earlier this month that Abdallah instructed him, through a middleman, to use piping from a particular firm while working on a major sewer contract.

The piping was more expensive — but Zambito said he was assured by a city engineer that he would be compensated and informed that $300,000 would go to Abdallah as part of the deal.

Abdallah told a news conference in Montreal today he is willing to fully co-operate with authorities if they decide to investigate him.

Abdallah was the preferred candidate of the Prime Minister's Office in 2007 to run the Port of Montreal — a site of consideration economic importance. His candidacy was resisted by the port authority's board and it was ultimately rejected.

Organizations: Charbonneau Commission

Geographic location: Montreal, Quebec

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