PQ brings back corruption for debate day

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.

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  1. ric posted on 03/20/2014 02:48 PM
    It's not Mr. Couillard that should explain the corruption of the past, it's marois to disclose why her and her husband's names were brought up in the Charbonneau commission. The pq are now running with their tails between their legs.
  2. jonico posted on 03/20/2014 03:52 PM
    Did they mention anything about the "deal" with M. Blanchet that was brought up during commissions?
  3. maria posted on 03/20/2014 04:04 PM
    Are you kidding me, is that all he had to say when Marois and her husbands name came up over a alledged deal with the ftq at the charbonneau commission -" that a vote for
    the pq is a vote for the charter "- he did not even try to defend it - These characters are
    like robots wound up to say exactly what the script reads. What is funny is now all of a sudden they are bringing out all these other charaters to play a role. Being the justice minister he should first ask his own government what is the deal with the ftq...!!! there running scared !!!
  4. peter posted on 03/20/2014 04:07 PM
    That's why she called an election so she doesn't have to go in front of the commission
  5. More BS posted on 03/20/2014 04:07 PM
    That condo in Mexico in Arcurso's building is looking like somewhere pauline will be running to soon.
    1. George73 posted on 03/20/2014 05:11 PM
      @More BS You kidding me? She doesn't need an Arcurso-funded bolt hole. She has more than enough of her husband's money. This woman has always known which side her bread is buttered.
  6. Nathalie F posted on 03/20/2014 04:59 PM
    I was born and raised in Montreal and I have to admit it’s embarrassing and I am ashamed to live in this province and to know that my taxes are paying Pauline Marois and her stupid staff’s salaries. The PQ and especially Pauline Marois are ignorant and stupid people, it amazes me that she is where she is “Premier of QC” which to me means we live amongst a hell of a lot of stupid people who voted for her. One would expect that the main focus of any election would be about the economy, health care (ever try to find a doctor?), infrastructure (we all know we have horrible roads and our bridges are falling apart) but obviously these are not on her list. The simple fact of the PQ winning any election is bad news for the economy. It is very sad, I love the city of Montreal but absolutely despise this Province. I guess it’s finally my time to pack everything up and drive to Ontario, I really don’t want my kids growing up somewhere they are obviously not wanted.
    1. Kat posted on 03/21/2014 02:49 PM
      @Nathalie F We are trying to teach our kids to stand up to bullies, not run away and our Country of Canada is worth fighting for. They will have to learn this anywhere in Canada.
  7. George73 posted on 03/20/2014 05:08 PM
    Marois better be careful.

    Couillard has already been subject to much investigation regarding his relationship with Arthur Porter and nothing had been found, while Marois avoided scrutiny of allegations leveled against her and her husband by breaking her own election law and dissolving the National Assembly for an election call before she was due to testisfy before committee.

    If the PQ are as incompetent at dirty politics as they were as a government, they better hope that Couillard doesn't hold a grudge when he's premier.
  8. Norm posted on 03/20/2014 05:37 PM
    How come the Justice Minister does not talk about the constitutionality of the Charter of Values. Is he afraid? Drainville goes on and on about nonsense, yet the Justice Minister stays mum.
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