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‘Rambo’s testimony at Quebec corruption inquiry done

Bernard (Rambo) Gauthier is seen on a screen broadcasting the Charbonneau inquiry looking into corruption in the Quebec construction industry Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in Montreal.
Bernard (Rambo) Gauthier is seen on a screen broadcasting the Charbonneau inquiry looking into corruption in the Quebec construction industry Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in Montreal. Charbonneau Commission/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – A Quebec union organizer nicknamed “Rambo” wrapped up his testimony Thursday at the Quebec corruption inquiry.

Bernard Gauthier has said that alleged intimidation and bullying behaviour on his part was necessary to get his point across to companies who refused to hire local workers.

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Gauthier told the Charbonneau Commission on Wednesday that it was unfair to portray him as someone with a propensity for violence and bullying.

On his second day on the witness stand, Gauthier admitted he would sometimes raise his voice to contractors who wouldn’t adhere to hiring locals.

He said some of those same contractors weren’t any better in how they interacted with their workers.

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Gauthier and the union have been accused of using thuggery and threats on construction sites in the North Shore region.

The union leader said his reputation is largely fuelled by the media and is unfair.

He said he has mellowed a lot over the years.