Did FTQ seek PQ's help to prevent the Charbonneau Commission from happening?

A wiretap conversation heard at the Charbonneau Commission's hearings Tuesday suggests the province's largest labour federation was ready to enlist the help of friends at the Parti Quebecois to make sure such a probe didn't take place.

The wiretap is of an exchange in 2009 between two senior union bosses who can be heard saying they were ready to seek the help of PQ Leader Pauline Marois to ensure the inquiry never happens.

Michel Arsenault, who was then president of the FTQ, is also overheard saying he has has a deal with "Blanchet.''

The reference was to Claude Blanchet, Marois' husband, who previously ran the FTQ's Solidarity Fund.

Arsenault also tells Jean Lavallée, a former president of the FTQ's construction wing, that he'll "talk to Pauline'' to make sure the PQ didn't support holding a public inquiry.

The PQ was the official Opposition in 2009.

Lavallée, who continued his testimony at the commission on Tuesday, said he didn't know anything about the aforementioned deal and insisted the meeting with the PQ never happened.

Lavallée said he was firmly opposed to any sort of corruption inquiry, adding he isn't happy with the hit his reputation has taken after devoting 40 years to the labour movement.

The labour federation has been under the microscope at the corruption inquiry in recent months as the probe looks at how organized crime infiltrated the union through its construction wing.

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  1. markR posted on 01/21/2014 12:30 PM
    Who is to say the PQ is not pulling the strings behind the scene at the Charbonneau Comission?? Now we know how Marois's husband accumulated his wealth, thru her political influence. Remember the dust up when some rezoning took place for her Castle on the west island?
    1. Steve posted on 01/30/2014 10:00 PM
      @markR Marois' husband accumulated his wealth investing in real estate with Robert Campeau well before Pauline Marois had any influence.
  2. maria posted on 01/21/2014 01:00 PM
    Well this explains a lot, is The Queen Marois, going to try and muzzle the Charbonneau
    commission the way she warned them previously to watch what they bring forward???And she was knocking Charest for waiting so long to call this commission, - What is the saying
    "The World is my stage" They are all actors, and the sad part is we the audience have to pay steep ticket prices. IE:TAXES.
  3. LMAO posted on 01/21/2014 09:48 PM
    There is no smoke without fire they say. It will be interesting to see which house goes up in flames. It's convenient that the our illustrious leader is away on vacation.
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