In February, Quebec's public security minister announced the introduction of a permanent anti-corruption unit, which has been billed as the first of its kind in Canada. The establishing of a permanent unit follows in the wake of a number of scandals to shake the province in the last year or so relating primarily to the construction industry, the latest of which ended in the arrest of a former mayor in April. The unit will consist of a 188 strong squad of operatives and will benefit from almost double the province's previous budget with an annual total of $30 million. However 420 of Quebec's crown prosecutors (out of 450), following strike action in respect of their pay, have pledged not to apply for any position in the unit. The unit's first operation is to investigate allegations of espionage at Montreal's City Hall.