Coderre Bypassed Laws with Formula E Race – According to a report released by Montreal’s Inspector General Denis Gallant, past Mayor Denis Coderre bypassed the law in the way he awarded contracts for the city’s Formula E Race in 2017.
Coderre first wanted Evenko, the top independent promoter and producer in Canada, to handle the main event, but the company came to the conclusion that the race and events would lose millions of dollars a year for the first three years.
That’s when Coderre created the non-profit company ‘Montreal It’s Electric’ with the mandate to secure government subsidies. Evenko then became the main subcontractor.
The inspector general concluded that ‘Montreal It’s Electric’ was used to bypass the rules on the awarding of contracts and that ‘Coderre and his office were warned several times by their legal representatives the non-profit should not be used as a go-between for the city and a private company’ and that ‘the mayor’s office kept control over the decisions made by Montreal It’s Electric’.
Mayor Valerie Plante, who made the decision to cancel the race last December, mainly due to cost overruns and the discovery that only 25,000 tickets were sold for the event, was visibly upset when she said in a CTV report, “We’re elected officials, we are accountable to citizens and what they did was wrong.”
Many Montrealers reactions so far are saying they are not surprised at the Inspector General’s report and citing it as one of the many reasons Coderre lost the last election.