On the day of the first leaders debate of the Quebec election campaign the Parti Québécois is in damage control.
Thursday morning it called a press conference but had nothing new to say. The party brought up old Liberal scandals, and warned Quebecers corruption will return if the Liberals get back in power.
“Who will be the better party to do the job next year when the Charbonneau inquiry presents its recommendations, I’m sure it’s not the Liberals,” Justice Minister Bertrand St-Arnaud said.
Arnaud accused Liberal leader Philippe Couillard of being tight lipped about corruption.
“We heard nothing from M. Couillard about that, not a word, no excuse for what happened in 2009, 2010, 2011; it’s not an important subject for him.”
When asked if it was dangerous to remind voters about the Charbonneau commission, when Pauline Marois and her husband's name were brought up over of an alleged deal with the FTQ, Arnaud said a vote for the PQ is a vote for the Charter of Values and for integrity.
He said unlike the Liberals, the PQ wasn't afraid to put ethics back on the table.
As the Liberals gain momentum in the polls, the PQ said this was not a strategy to stop talking about sovereignty.