Peladeau controversy drives on

Pierre Karl Peladeau, centre, answers questions during a media scrum.
La Presse

Liberal leader Philippe Couillard has joined the ranks of leaders calling on Pierre Karl Peladeau to get rid of his interests in Quebecor.

"Because of the nature of his business, which is free and independent information for Quebecers, mister Péladeau must get rid of his shares," Couillard told a gathering in Trois-Rivière last night.

The National Assembly's ethics commissioner has said his arrival will present an "extremely delicate" situation.

At the same time, a PQ candidate and former journalism professor, Dominique Payette, has told Le Devoir newspaper she stands "100 percent" behind by her report that says Quebec government should not buy advertising from media companies like Quebecor, that have withdrawn the Press Council.

She says she applauds his arrival, and would not comment on its ethical implications.

Double-standard

Two Liberal ex-ministers say they'd been had by Pauline Marois' double standards, according to La Presse newspaper.

David Whissell gave up his cabinet position because the Parti Quebecois said his shares in an asphalt company created a conflict of interest, despite the fact that they had been placed in a blind trust.

The Parti Quebecois had also demanded that Pierre Arcand sell his shares of a specialized media company.

"Even if it's in a blind trust, the problem is we know he owns 38% of that firm", says Marois said of Whissell back in 2009. She demanded that he not only resign from cabinet, but give up his seat in the National Assembly.

Péladeau has also committed to putting his Quebecor shares in a blind trust.

In the meantime, the left-wing faction of the Parti Quebecois, SPQ Libre, is also reported in La Presse newspaper as saying that it does not want Peladeau to lead the party, something the Quebecor owner has not denied an interest in doing.

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  1. Karl posted on 03/11/2014 11:05 AM
    It's the Parti Quebecor now !
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