Blanchet forced to testify
The province's environment minister will be forced to testify in front of a National Assembly hearing this month.
A legislative committee is looking into whether the former environment Minster Daniel Breton bullied commissioners at Quebec's environmental review board.
Even though Breton has since resigned, the motion that compels the minister to appear still has weight. His replacement, Yves-François Blanchet, will face the music for him on February 21st.
"Obviously, he was not the witness that we absolutely wanted to hear from for the obvious reason that he was not even the minister as the time of the events," says Yoland James, the Liberals' environment critic.
However, she says the National Assembly committee unanimously agreed to hear from Blanchet.
Other witnesses will tell their tale
In a larger coup for the Liberals, all the commissioners who were present when Breton allegedly threatened them will also testify about the experience.
So will the BAPE's former Vice President Pierre Fortin, who lost his job when the Parti Quebecois took power.
James says the PQ opposed the move during today's closed-door meeting, but were defeated by the CAQ and Liberals, who make up the majority of the committee members.
"The PQ voted against. They want to hear Yves-Blanchet, only."