Nine years after launching an investigation into allegations of corruption within the Société immobilière du Québec (SIQ), the province’s anti-corruption unit, UPAC, announced on Friday it was ending the probe because “conditions did not combine to go any further and request procedures be launched by the Director of Criminal prosecutions.”
In a statement, UPAC director Frédérick Gaudreau said the decision to end the investigation was taken “with full objectivity and out of a concern for proper management.”
Gaudreau, who arrived at UPAC in June 2018 as a deputy director, said he has been engaged in a “systematic analysis of all investigation files to evaluate their progress and ensure the pertinence of maintaining them.” The statement said the analysis of Projet Justesse, launched to examine allegations within the SIQ, established “it was time to end” the investigation.
Allegations of corruption within the SIQ, now known as the Société québécoise des infrastructures, made headlines in 2016 when Enquête, Radio-Canada’s investigative program, alleged the former head of the SIQ and three Liberal fundraisers defrauded the government through a series of real estate transactions between 2003 and 2008.
UPAC said on Friday that to “protect police investigative techniques” it would have no further comment on the decision to end the probe.