La Vache Province

Canada and corruption don’t sound right in the same sentence. It’s cold, it’s clean, it’s all the great things about the U.S. with none of the hyperbole and extremity. Except when it isn’t.

This week, The Economist asks: what is Quebec hiding?

“A construction boss told the inquiry that firms were expected to hand over 2.5% of every contract they received in Laval to the mayor.”

Quebeckers have been grousing about corruption for years, casually when they discuss public projects and shady politicians and an amorphous “mafia” skimming bits off the top.

The province already has some of the highest tax rates in Canada and has slipped from being one of the country’s richest areas to one that receives transfer assistance from the federal government. Is this the beginning of a new “Quiet Revolution”?

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