Jocelyn Dupuis was back on the stand at the Charbonneau Commission's hearings on Monday, and began the day by explaining how and why he left his job as head of the FTQ-Construction union back in 2008.
He initially denied that his departure was set for December of 2009, but that story fell apart when prosecutor Denis Gallant presented an excerpt from a wiretap conversation in which Dupuis was heard telling his friend and colleague Renald Grondin that he was thinking of quitting exactly then.
Dupuis then justified the apparent contradiction by saying the circumstances has changed — that there was a prevailing "political situation" at the FTQ-Construction union.
Gallant had implied that Dupuis left before his planned retirement because he had allegedly made some false expense claims.
Later, Gallant also questioned Dupuis about his relations with controversial construction magnate Tony Accurso — at one point, confronting him with photos taken of him and Accurso on Accurso's yacht in the Virgin Islands.
Dupuis admitted he went on an all-expenses paid trip with Accurso in 2005, but denied they were close friends. He did say, however, that he admired him and enjoyed working with him.