PQ facing integrity questions following report on alleged collusion

The Parti Quebecois is facing questions on Saturday as integrity emerges as a key issue in the provincial election campaign.

Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard says it's the turn of PQ chief Pauline Marois to answer questions following a report of an alleged illegal financing scheme within the party during the 1990s.

La Presse reports the Charbonneau commission is examining allegations of collusion involving engineering companies and the PQ.

Marois denies any wrongdoing and says she has no knowledge of such an arrangement.

CAQ leader Francois Legault, a PQ minister in the 1990s, also says he did nothing wrong and says he finds the media report troubling.

Couillard took the brunt of attacks on integrity issues earlier in the week.

He was grilled by the PQ following a Radio-Canada report that he placed $600,000 in an offshore tax haven while practising as a neurosurgeon in Saudi Arabia well before embarking on his political career.

During Thursday's leaders debate he was also attacked for his ties to Arthur Porter, a former hospital administrator who now faces fraud charges in connection with a scandal-plagued hospital contract.

Couillard and Porter ran a consulting agency together, and were appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the committee that monitors Canada's spy agency.

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  1. Phil posted on 03/29/2014 06:17 PM
    What's good for the Goose, is good for the Moose.
  2. lsquared posted on 03/29/2014 06:57 PM
    Wondering if the forced mergers of the 1990's had anything to do with this? Thankfully some cities pushed back and demerged away from this mess.
  3. again posted on 03/30/2014 08:42 AM
    Really????
    Couillard and Porter ran a consulting agency together, and were appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the committee that monitors Canada's spy agency.

    Cuoillard was appointed by Harper?
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