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Opening the door to the Mafia?

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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 06:00 am

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At Saturday’s open house on an LRT line to St. Albert, Mr. Len Bracko explained that, in today’s money, St. Albert taxpayers would have to pay about $320 million, roughly $16,000 per household.

The big question is why we need an LRT when only 4,000 people per day would ride it? We already have 90 buses. Why not just add a new route to the future LRT terminal in Castle Downs? The idea of a new bus terminal near the old Newman College is not bad because more parking spaces could be created but we could face unknown costs when the 20-year lease of the land runs out.

One question asked at the meeting in view of recent events in Montreal was, with such vast amounts of planned spending, what mechanisms do we have in place to make sure that Montreal-style organized crime does not get its fingers on public money for large infrastructure projects? How do we know that public officials will not accept money from contractors, as they do in Quebec?

One man in the construction industry replied that his company will not do business in Quebec because “the Mafia runs construction in Quebec.” Precisely, so the question remains: how do we know it is not happening here?

Paul Green, St. Albert


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