Government Operations and Estimates (November 30, 2010)
Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis answered questions on allegations of political interference in a controversial $9-million renovation contract for Parliament Hill. Paul Sauvé, head of the LM Sauvé construction firm, has testified that he won the contract because he paid $140,000 to Gilles Varin, a businessman with ties to the Conservative Party. Paradis emphasized that he was not public works minister when Sauvé was awarded the contract, only when Sauvé’s bankrupt company lost the project.
Paradis also said that no lobbying took place at a 2009 Conservative fundraiser that he attended while he was public works minister and that was organized by Sauvé.