The construction industry corruption inquiry is lately discussing his bribes for rigging sewer contracts. Surprenant mentioned that the rigged prices were known to everyone in his office, including everybody from his bosses to the low-level administrative assistants. The inquiry had asked him to guide the commission on why he could not do anything to stop the system. Surprenant implied that he talked about it with his bosses but he couldn’t stress further.
Surprenant pointed out that nobody specifically appreciated the uncontrolled bribery but, at the same time, nobody did anything to stop it. He asserted that “I wanted a normal career like all engineers. I did not want a system like that, I did not need a system like that.” Surprenant innocently claimed that he was even unsure what to do with his bribe money.