Liberals calling on Quebecers to ask questions about Marois' supposed 'deal'

Marois, husband were to testify today at National Assembly about Charbonneau wiretaps

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The provincial Liberals say ordinary Quebecers may have better luck getting answers from Premier Pauline Marois since, she's been avoiding questions from the opposition and journalists.

The Liberals are asking Quebecers to stop Marois while she's out campaigning and ask her to explain the "deal" between the FTQ and her husband, Claude Blanchet, that was referred to during the Charbonneau Commission.

"We are asking the people of Quebec, when they meet Mme. Marois they have to ask; what is the deal? Why don't you want to explain the deal?" Lise Thériault, the Liberal candidate in Anjou-Louis-Riel, said at a press conference Monday.

If Premier Marois hadn't called an election, she and her husband would have been testifying at a National Assembly committee this week to explain why their names were heard on wiretaps during the Charbonneau Commission.

"Mme. Marois started the election because she doesn't want to answer the questions, she doesn't want to give the truth to Quebecers and we think that's unacceptable."

Marois's name was also heard on tape when the head of the FTQ said he would ask her help to avoid a public inquiry into corruption.

Opposition parties forced a commission that would have required Marois and her husband to explain the "deal" during testimony between March 10th and 18th.

But it was cancelled because of the election call.

"She has to come and explain it, This is totally not normal,” Robert Poëti, Liberal candidate in Marguerite-Bourgeoys said.

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  1. George73 posted on 03/10/2014 05:23 PM
    Her silence is all the testimony most people require. If she had a defendable position, she would have addressed this deal already.
    1. Stavros posted on 03/10/2014 11:37 PM
      @George73 So by your reasoning, the entire liberal party is guilty on the grounds of avoiding the commission as long as it did? She has to testify when the commission resumes in any case. which appears to be something all you torch and pitchfork bearers don't seem to realize.
  2. Kat posted on 03/10/2014 06:09 PM
    Why is the RCMP not looking into this?
  3. Jenny posted on 03/10/2014 07:56 PM
    Amazing how Mme. M calls an election 2 weeks before she is called to testify to the allegations above. AMAZING - an I bet dollars to donuts none of the PQ ridings she is visiting will not bother asking her anything because they do not care. As long as she gives them their "country". Horrible
  4. Mike Rainville posted on 03/10/2014 08:56 PM
    Why should an election call exempt ANYONE from appearing before the commission?
    1. Steve posted on 03/10/2014 11:42 PM
      @Mike Rainville It doesn't. This is being misrepresented by biased media because it is known that you're not clever enough to figure it out on your own and will eat up anything as long as it's Anti-PQ.

      The commission is suspended while the election campaigns are on, and resumes after the elections. There's no exemptions. Worse, the mudget was due to be tabled in a week or two regardless, which the PLQ swore to put down, which would have toppled the minority government, sent us to the polls, suspended the commission and delayed the testimony anyway -- though I doubt the media would report that Phillip Couillard had done it so to "exempt" Pauline from testimony.

      Think for yourself a little, it's quite liberating, I promise you.
  5. Anouk posted on 03/10/2014 09:31 PM
    I don't understand why she would not have to go to trial... she is a Citizen of the same province I am. If I had a court date, there is not too much I could do to miss it!
  6. ric posted on 03/10/2014 09:52 PM
    Wherever she is, reporters have to keep dogging her with that question until she breaks, and she will. Every press conference, every campaign appearance, every time there's a camera present. grind it to her.
  7. Anonymous posted on 03/10/2014 10:53 PM
    CAQ's François Legault screamed loud and wide that he would bring up the "DEAL" everyday of the campaign. What happened we haven't heard anything more from the CAQ on the topic?

    As legal expenses for the lawsuit launched against Jacques Duchesneau and François Legault are now covered by the National Assembly, has there been a deal which effectively kept François Legault mum on the "DEAL" topic?

    Yes, Marois-Blanchet must appear before the Parliamentary Committee.

    JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED!
    1. Kat posted on 03/11/2014 11:21 AM
      @Anonymous Duchesneau steps down right before Pelledeau steps up - all in the St-Jerome riding. Duchesneau was also the favorite of the CAQ also the vote splitter in the last election. Coincidence?

      Truly the CAQ put there to take away votes from the Liberals.
      But by who???
  8. Sophie posted on 03/10/2014 10:59 PM
    I guess she's above the law....so where is our Federal government again?
  9. Larry posted on 03/11/2014 12:58 AM
    CAQ's François Legault screamed loud and wide that he would bring up the "DEAL" everyday of the campaign. What happened we haven't heard anything more from the CAQ on the topic?

    As legal expenses for the lawsuit launched against Jacques Duchesneau and François Legault are now covered by the National Assembly, has there been a deal which effectively kept François Legault mum on the "DEAL" topic?

    Yes, Marois-Blanchet must appear before the Parliamentary Committee.

    JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED!
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