Petition demands retraction, apology from Duchesneau
Former PQ leader Andre Boisclair is trying to build some support as he pressures CAQ MNA Jacques Duchesneau to retract statements implying impropriety in the way a government grant was given to an underworld-linked contractor in 2003.
A petition on the website change.org has gathered more than 600 signatures in just a matter of hours. It demands both a retraction and an apology from Duchesneau, Montreal's former police chief.
After the grant came up during testimony at the Charbonneau Commission, Duchesneau implied in the National Assembly that Boisclair's admitted use of cocaine might have had something to do with the awarding of the $2.6 million grant just a few days before the 2003 election that saw the PQ lose power to the Charest Liberals. Boisclair was then junior minister of Municipal Affairs.
Today, Boisclair is Quebec's representative in New York City.