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        Tory senator denies mafia links as Quebec’s construction inquiry probes ties to high-end Club 375c

        Fecha:Nov 30,2012

        A senator appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he could not possibly have known that some of his business contacts would someday be accused of having criminal Mafia links.

        Sen. Leo Housakos reacted Wednesday to details emerging from Quebec’s construction inquiry, expressing frustration over what he called a smear-by-association campaign and a “witch-hunt.”

        The inquiry has heard extensive testimony about Mafia ties to the construction empires of Tony Accurso and Paolo Catania — and, in an interview, Housakos laid out details of his past relationship with the two men who now face criminal charges.

        He told The Canadian Press that he knew Catania well enough to receive, through him, an invitation to join a swanky, members-only club in Old Montreal. He also said he would see Accurso about “four or five times” per year for a decade, and frequented a restaurant Accurso owned near his house in Laval, Que.

        None of which was illegal, Housakos noted. Nor did it mean he had any inkling of the criminal accusations that would someday be levelled against his associates.

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