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.