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Update: Mafia Involvement In Quebec

Graham Hughes
AP/The Canadian Press
Police gather outside the house of reputed mafia boss Nicolo Rizzuto Sr., who was reportedly gunned down in his home in Montreal in November 2010.

When you think of the Mafia and organized crime, your mind might drift to New York, Chicago or even Sicily. Montreal, not so much.

But the Mafia and organized crime presence in Quebec’s largest city has been leaving a mark since as far back as the 1950s. And the role of organized crime in the awarding of provincial transportation and construction contracts prompted a recent and ongoing government inquiry.

Paul Cherry is the crime reporter for the Montreal Gazette. He provided Vermont Edition with background on the Mafia presence in Quebec.