Quebec's elections office is investigating whether Bernard Drainville, the minister responsible for democratic institutions, violated the province's election laws.
Drainville tweeted or retweeted several photos of himself posing with groups of CEGEP students in Ahuntsic and the Lanaudière region on Tuesday.
He was touring two CEGEPs — which also doubled as polling stations — accompanied by PQ candidates Evelyne Abitbol, running in the north-end Montreal riding of Acadie, and Martine Desjardins, the former student leader running in the north-shore riding of Groulx.
Electoral laws stipulate that no one can use or wear a symbol of their political affiliation at a polling station, or to openly support a candidate at a polling station.
A spokesperson for Drainville told La Presse that he indeed distributed pamphlets at the CEGEP, and that he did so within the law. On a second phone call, however, he backtracked — saying no one distributed pamphlets. The spokesperson, Manuel Dionne, added that Drainville did not take part in any partisan activity, that he had a right to visit with students, and that his office had cleared his activities with the elections office to make sure they were above board.