Canada protesters call for Quebec corruption probe

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Hundreds of protesters rallied in downtown Montreal on Saturday, calling for a probe into alleged corruption in the construction industry in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec.

Some of the demonstrators outside the Montreal offices of Quebec Prime Minister Jean Charest demanded his resignation. A similar protest took place outside the national assembly in Quebec City.

The debate over the construction industry was sparked by the leaking of a confidential report suggesting ties between organized crime and certain firms, as well as evidence that businesses were banding together to keep prices high.

The report by a provincial anti-graft unit did not name any particular firms.

Charest has so far refused to set up an independent inquiry into the industry and the alleged collusion between certain businesses and government employees, insisting that a police probe was sufficient.

But angry citizens took to social networks, resulting in Saturday's protests.

© 2011 AFP

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