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Charbonneau Commission granted seven month extension for final report

Justice France Charbonneau.
Justice France Charbonneau, Head of Quebec's corruption inquiry. Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – The Quebec government says the head of a commission that looked into corruption in the province’s construction industry will now have until the end of November to file her final report.

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Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee says the government will give France Charbonneau the seven month extension she was seeking.

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The inquiry spent 30 months looking at the construction industry and its ties to organized crime and political parties and heard from its final witness last November.

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The commission was created in late 2011 and began hearing from witnesses in the summer of 2012.

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The original deadline for Charbonneau’s report was October 2013, but the former Parti Quebecois government extended it by 18 months in early in 2013 until April 2015.

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Vallee says the report is now due by Nov. 30.

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