Three of the top three transportation tycoons in Canada are now facing new federal sanctions, as they all face financial crimes.
The top three, Frankford Transportation, and Transport Canada are the three major Canadian companies facing sanctions over their dealings with the government-owned Transportation Network Corporation (TNC), a privately held company that is the subject of the latest Senate inquiry.
Three of Canada’s top three companies are facing new sanctions after their dealings were revealed by the Senate investigation, including Frankford and Transport Quebec.
Transport Canada is also being investigated by the Department of Justice, the Department’s civil service, and other federal authorities.
Transport Quebec is facing new scrutiny because of its involvement in the transportation sector.
Transport Ontario, the largest provincial transportation agency, is also under investigation by the department, but it’s not clear if the investigation will be broad or narrow.
In Canada, it’s often referred to as “government corruption.”
Transportation Ontario is the largest federal agency overseeing transportation and it’s been the subject, over the years, of a number of investigations and investigations by the House of Commons.
TNC is not a private company.
Its CEO is a former minister and former prime minister, Guy Lapointe, who left office in 2011 to head up a group called “the Quebec Team.”
Transportation Canada has been conducting audits of TNC for years, and it also oversees the Transportation Safety Board, which regulates the province’s traffic safety.
It also supervises the Montreal-based company that operates Quebec’s provincial highways, known as the Québec Autorité du Québec.
Transport Minister Denis Lebel and his deputy, Claude Mongeau, both have extensive experience with the TNC.
Lebel has worked with the company for decades.
Mongeauer worked for Transport Quebec for eight years, starting in 2006.
He then moved to the province in 2009 to work on TNC’s transportation business.
In 2009, MongeAUlle was appointed TNC president and chief operating officer.
He left in 2013 to become the CEO of a private engineering firm called AltaCorp.
He was also CEO of the Toronto-based public transportation company, TNC Transit.
Transport Ministry spokesman Paul McLean said Lebel was responsible for all of the companies investigations, and Mongeaux was responsible only for the TNS business.
“The fact that it’s the former ministers’ companies investigation and not the former premier’s and premier’s investigation is really important,” McLean told FourFourtwo.
“There’s a lot of scrutiny that’s been placed on these organizations in the last year.”
McLean did not respond to questions about why the former government was investigating the former TNC CEO.
Le Bel and Monneau both declined to comment.
Transport Secretary Chris Ballard confirmed to FourFourthe two companies are under investigation.
“We can confirm that the former minister of transport and his former colleague are under review by the Office of the Auditor General and the Department for Justice and Public Safety,” he said.
“Our investigation into the former chief executive officer of TNS is ongoing.”
Lebel, Monneaux, and Ballard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
TNS’s parent company, the Montreal, Quebec-based TNC Transport, was the subject in the Senate report.
The Senate inquiry found that TNC failed to provide the federal government with information about its business practices, failed to properly report its profits, and was involved in a series of high-profile frauds that affected billions of dollars in provincial public transit funds.
Transport Québec is also the subject.
It’s been under investigation since March 2017, when it was found to have been the recipient of millions of dollars from TNC to cover its mismanagement of the public transit system.
The inquiry found TNS did not have proper controls to ensure its public transit operations were in the public interest, failed in its duties to ensure it was operating in accordance with its mandate, and failed to report its financial information accurately.
“These two issues are very significant,” Senate Commissioner Marc Nadon told CBC News.
“I think it’s a clear violation of Canada Post rules.
If TNS can get caught up in the investigation, the regulator can’t.”
Nadon said he was concerned that the Senate probe would lead to more scrutiny of Tns activities in Canada.
“It’s a concern,” he told CBC.
“If you are looking for an example of a company that’s really well known in Canada, and you’re looking for a company where the regulator is looking to make sure it doesn’t get away with things, I think this is a company to be worried about.”
Le Bel, Monngau, and the three other TNS executives were all questioned in the recent Senate investigation.
Tns chairman was found in contempt of Parliament, and in June 2017, the Senate fined him $1 million.
Le Bell and Monngue were also found to be in contempt, but