PQ downplays PKP's job as a registered lobbyist
Parti Québécois ministers say they see no issue with the fact that Pierre Karl Peladeau is a registered lobbyist for Quebecor.
Earlier this month, the premier confirmed that he had attended select cabinet committee meetings, and would continue to do so.
Peladeau, who serves as chairman of the board at Hydro-Quebec, is also the vice-chair of Quebecor and is registered as a lobbyist on behalf of that company.
He's also been sitting in ministerial committee meetings on how to use electric power within Quebec's transportation system.
"I'm going to worry about environmental issues, and not the one you're fabricating," environment minister Yves-François Blanchet told reporters.
And Jean-François Lisée says what Pëladeau's doing is above board.
"It seems lawful," he says.
There is no law against working for a state-owned organization and lobbying the government at the same time.
The office of Quebec's lobbying commissioner says Peladeau must be careful not to speak to Hydro-Quebec about issues that are of interest to Quebecor, or speak to the government about Quebecor's dealings with the crown corporation.
He should also not approach government officials about Quebecor interests that fall outside the specific files he's been registered to speak about.
"There's no infringement of the law," says spokesperson Daniel Labonté. "I'm not saying there won't ever be."
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