Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009: Apocalypse not now

"Are you sure the book said "buy high, sell low?"

For a guy who shuns the spotlight, Quebec construction magnate Tony Accurso sure had his name in the news a lot in 2009: almost 200 mentions in La Presse alone. Accurso's companies have an enviable record in obtaining government contracts, but they hit a few speed bumps this year; three are under investigation for alleged tax fraud, and the controversial municipal water-meter contract in which one was a partner got cancelled. Accurso also made waves with his luxury yacht Touch (featured in the magazine Showboats International), which has hosted Quebec labour leaders and even a vacationing Frank Zampino, former head of Montreal's executive committee. There is absolutely no truth to the rumour the boat's original name was POL MAGNET."

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