Construction has long had a reputation as being a hotbed for gangland activity and corruption, which has been reinforced by a scandal brewing in Quebec. There, a commission is investigating claims about the industry’s connections to organized crime and politicians that were contained in a leaked report.
But why is the industry prone to these failings?
It’s difficult to weed out corruption in construction due to its complexity, said Scott Moritz, managing director of Navigant Consulting’s disputes and investigations practice.
“Construction isn’t a single industry,” he said in an interview. “It’s many intersecting industries. Prosecuting it is like trying to pick up mercury from a broken thermometer.”