Pauline Marois defends husband, rips into CAQ leader

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has broken her silence following testimony during the Charbonneau Commission about her husband and links to the development capital fund of the province's largest labour union.

Marois leapt to the defence of her husband, Claude Blanchet, whose name has come up during the commission on potential corruption in the construction industry. Blanchet's name was mentioned in connection with his dealings with the FTQ- Quebec Federation of Labour's Solidarity Fund, including allegations of a deal between the fund and a company he owns.

Marois said her husband is a man of integrity who is capable of doing business without her, adding that her husband invested in a public company and everything is on the books.

A furious Marois pre-empted reporters during a scrum by making a statement denouncing CAQ leader François Legault and his demand that Blanchet testify before a parliamentary commission.

"He should calm down," Marois said. "He is exaggerating. He's making personal attacks that are not worthy of someone who wants to become Quebec premier and I think it undermines his credibility."

Marois said Legault should take a listen to their lawyers who she said asked all the necessary questions at the Charbonneau Commission and that should provide all the answers he needs.

Marois also rigourously dismissed any notion that she was approached or pressured in any way.

"Never, never, never did anyone talk to me about this," Marois said.

Marois said a parliamentary commission is unnecessary in a case such as this, adding that the Charbonneau Commission and police are doing their job.

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  1. joeN posted on 02/04/2014 03:54 PM
    Tougher rules only apply to the others not the PQ??? What utter arrogance that Marois and the PQ demonstrate but will the feeble minded supporters finally see the light and throw this government out on it's posterior!
  2. clint posted on 02/04/2014 04:20 PM
    "Never, never, never did anyone talk to me about this," Marois said.
    Yea ....that's what Rob Ford said too.
    Oh and ...maybe you wouldn't be premier without your husbands connections.
  3. ric posted on 02/04/2014 04:36 PM
    What does she expect? Both their names have come up on wire taps in the Charbonneau Commission. As much as I have little use for Francois Legault, he is right.
    1. LMAO posted on 02/05/2014 06:40 AM
      @ric There is never smoke without fire - never. As for appearing before the commission, innocent people look forward to the opportunity to clear their names they don't run and hide.
  4. Kari posted on 02/05/2014 12:18 AM
    Hmmmmm, didnt laugh this time!
    Is she getting a little nervous perhaps?
  5. jonico posted on 02/05/2014 06:28 AM
    HYPROCRITE ... she would have done the very same. That's politics.
  6. Paul posted on 02/05/2014 07:35 AM
    The Liberal refused to join the CAQ in asking for Claude Blanchette to explain himself before the National Assembly.
    The Liberals appear to be supporting the corruption instead of trying to stop it.
  7. sandyk posted on 02/06/2014 09:56 PM
    Pauline's husband would be arrested in the US of A for white collar crime.
    Francois Legault, go for the Pauline's jugular!
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