Ex-government engineer accepted trips, golf and cash in exchange for contracts

He was also expected to lobby on behalf of the firms with his bosses, much like Montreal municipal engineers who testified at the inquiry in the fall of 2012 about how they'd been corrupted in a similar fashion.
In one example, a firm paid Hamel a total of $15,000 in three instalments around 1999 and early 2000 to help settle a bridge repair contract where the firm's estimates had come in too low.
In another, a construction firm paid for a Caribbean cruise and an engineering firm gave him $1,500 in spending money for the same trip after he helped in a contract to repair a stretch of highway in Montreal.
During the tendering process, Hamel admitted to having given the construction firm the province's estimates for the major project.
The corruption inquiry has been examining contracts involving the provincial Transport Department and political party financing.
The inquiry has heard that companies corrupted certain regional directors and mid-level managers who worked for the department by giving them high-end gifts like fishing trips, hockey tickets and bottles of wine.
But thus far, it has not been established the practice extended to any cabinet minister.
Hamel ended his time on the stand with a brief comment, saying he was "happy" to have been able to speak about the corruption.
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