A current sitting Parti Quebecois cabinet minister's name unexpectedly came up today as the Charbonneau Commission listened to wiretapped conversations.
The inquiry is hearing about the ties between the Mafia and Quebec's largest labour union, the FTQ.
During one of the conversations, the head of the FTQ's construction wing, Jocelyn Dupuis, is overheard saying he wants to speak specifically with Elaine Zakaib, a current PQ minister, about getting funding for a project.
The company seeking the funding, the Mafia-linked firm Carboneutre, was trying to get $2 million from the FTQ's investment fund. Zakaib was a senior executive at the FTQ fund at the time.
In another conversation, Dupuis is overheard telling a now-jailed reputed mobster, Raynald Desjardins, about ramping up pressure to get a loan for Desjardins' Carboneutre site-decontamination firm in 2008.
Desjardins, now awaiting a murder trial, is overheard saying:
You really need to put pressure on the others.'' Dupuis replies:I'll kick them in the butt, you can be sure of that.''