An IT/marketing firm owned by PQ candidate Pierre Karl Péladeau's Quebecor won $13.5-million in Quebec government contracts last year, reports the Quebecor-owned Journal de Montréal this morning.
Péladeau is a majority shareholder in Quebecor, whose Nurun division has been handling IT projects for the National Assembly and several government ministries, including justice, international relations, education, economic development, municipal affairs, transport and others, reports Le Journal.
When contacted this afternoon by CJAD 800, Nurun vice-president and general manager Mario Daigle said he "has absolutely no comment to make" on his boss' possible conflict of interest, if Péladeau is indeed elected and appointed to cabinet.
The newspaper also reported on the nature of some of Nurun's work for the government: The firm created interactive consoles to, reportedly, highlight the "forbidding" or difficult work of the National Assembly's elected officials.
Responding to questions about conflicts of interest today, Premier Pauline Marois said the contracts are never granted for political reasons and Nurun had to have followed strict administrative proceedures.
(GIF source: cliqueduplateau.com)