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."
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.
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."