Minister faces calls to resign over wiretap

Elaine Zakaïb
Angelica Montgomery/CJAD

The Liberals are calling for the Economic Development minister to resign now that starteling new wiretap evidence has emerged from the Charbonneau commission.

Elaine Zakaïb, now a PQ minister, was secretly recorded five years ago when she was a senior executive of the FTQ solidarity fund. In a conversation with former FTQ leader MIchel Arsenault, she chats about how funding had been blocked for Tony Accurso's competitors.

"It's certain that we would never reveal this to public," says Zakaib on the tape, "but everything that was presented around Montreal that could have competed against Accurso was blocked."

Nothing Illegal

Today, Zakaib says the practice of blocking Accurso's competitors only happend for a short period of time, that she put an end to it when she stepped into her position, and that it was perfectly normal and legal.

"It happens that at the solidarity fund, at different branches of the fund, we asked whether an investment would compete with another investment where we had a lot of money," says Zakaïb.

However, she put an end to the practice of blocking Accurso's competitors, she says, because the FTQ union was involved in those decisions when it shouldn't have been.

Resign

Both the CAQ and Quebec Solidaire says Zakaïb should be suspended from cabinet until it can be determined what Zakaïb knew and when.

The Liberals says she should either be suspended, or resign.

"She closed her eyes to a system of collusion to the benefit of Tony Accurso," says Liberal MNA Lise Thériault.

She questions whether Zakaïb uses the same practices as Economic Development minister.

"I think its obvious that this is a flagrant breach of trust."

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  1. beerdrinkingnick posted on 01/22/2014 09:24 PM
    Everyone Named at the Charbonneau Commision should step down also.
    If business are not aloud to Bid on Tenders why are politicians aloud to run ?
  2. LMAO posted on 01/23/2014 06:28 AM
    This house of cards is looking more shaky as the week goes on. The skeletons are rattling around in the cupboard just waiting to fall out.
  3. joeN posted on 01/23/2014 08:09 AM
    Nothing illegal when the PQ or Marois's gang do things like this but they are ready to hang everyone else!
  4. ric posted on 01/23/2014 08:38 AM
    I agree with nick the beer guzzler. All politicians named MUST step down, including marois. Ever wonder why the unions are so partisan with the pq? That's why.
  5. clint posted on 01/23/2014 10:57 AM
    Rob Ford defense.
  6. Kat posted on 01/23/2014 11:22 AM
    I guess the PQ kept pestering for an inquiry because they 'thought' they had all their dirt hidden under the carpet. TG for wire taps,and if they had been suspect since 2009 how much more do we not know?
    Those named in the inquiry should be fired so that they don"t collect a pension on our backs, seems to me they had their thumbs' in the pie and already got their share.
  7. Really posted on 01/23/2014 11:29 AM
    "Blocking Accurso's competitors only happend for a short period of time," so that make it alright, no wrong doing here. I guess that is like sort of being pregnant.
  8. More BS posted on 01/26/2014 09:12 AM
    Perfect example of how the PQ likes to decide what rules apply to them and what rules apply to everybody else. Hypocrites in the truest meaning of the word. They will stoop to the lowest to get their way.They have no morels or shame.
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