The City of Terrebonne will replace the firm that accompanied it for the largest contract in its history, targeted by allegations of conflicts of interest.

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The administration of Mayor Mathieu Traversy announced on Monday that it would make changes to the file for the construction of the water treatment plant, a $100 million project.

Our Bureau of Investigation revealed a few hours earlier that the firm FNX-Innov, which is monitoring the work, has the same owners as one of the companies carrying out the work.

The Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC) and the Public Procurement Authority (AMP) have looked into the situation in recent months.

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The City now claims to have “begun discussions so that a transition protocol can be put in place and another firm can take over the supervision of the work, at no additional cost to taxpayers”.

A call for tenders will be launched shortly. FNX-Innov is still monitoring the work today, says the project contractor. The City says that by the end of the week, a third party will be mandated to ensure that no problems arise with this project.

Terrebonne also claims that it was FNX-Innov itself that “informed the City of its desire to withdraw […] to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest”.

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However, in recent weeks, both the City and the consulting engineering firm were much less affirmative when questioned by our Bureau of Investigation.

Pierre-Yves Méthot, one of the two owners of FNX-Innov, said in an interview on May 9 that “one day, I will receive instructions from the administration [Terrebonne], then they will tell us ‘ ‘this is what must be done'”.

In addition, Mayor Traversy’s press secretary reiterated twice, on April 22 and May 9, that “discussions on this subject between the City and FNX-INOV are ongoing”.