Martial Fillion, one of the accused in the Faubourg Contrecœur case, is dead of a heart attack. Fillion used to be head of the SHDM, but was suspended then fired in 2008 after the Contrecœur affair came to light: a piece of land in the east end, valued at $31 million by the city, had been sold for $1.6 million on his watch – to Frank Catania. Kristian has a bit more on this scandal in an entry from 2008 before Benoit Labonté fell in his turn. La Presse also notes the death and adds a timeline of the scandal. Fillion was expected in court next month. According to some reports he had not been well for some time. On part vite, des fois was Georges Bossé’s comment.
(Interesting footnote: in 2012, the CÉGEP du Vieux-Montréal was ordered to pay nearly half a million dollars to Francine Sénécal, Fillion’s wife, whom they had hired to be director general but sacked in 2008 shortly after Fillion’s dismissal from the SHDM, and before she even started work. I don’t know whether the CEGEP complied or appealed.)