Quebec mayor Gérald Tremblay says his ’conscience is clear’ after kickback allegations

In the second day of testimony at Quebec’s corruption inquiry, a former contractor said that Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay’s party received kickbacks from the construction industry in Quebec.

The former construction boss, Lino Zambito, said that for years, three per cent of the value of all the contracts he got from the city went to Tremblay’s political party.

The mayor, however, is defending his reputation and his administration while opposition calls for his resignation. He told a media scrum, “My conscience is clear.” Tremblay went on to say that his party’s yearly finances have been looked over by Quebec’s chief electoral officer—due in part to the fact that this three per cent rumour has been around for a while.

Tremblay says he welcomes the Charbonneau Commission but won’t respond to every allegation made.