PQ sends lawyer's letters to critics

Two journalists this week threatened with lawsuits

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The Parti Québécois camp has sent out at least two lawyer's letters to high-profile Quebec journalists this week alone.

Éric Duhaime, Sun Media columnist and Radio X host, was threatened with a lawsuit today; Radio-Canada investigative journalist Alain Gravel and outgoing CAQ MNA Jacques Duchesneau have also received "mise-en-demeure" letters during this election campaign. Gravel reported on Pauline Marois' husband's fundraising practices and Duchesneau charged the PQ with calling an election to avoid scandalous revelations at the Charobonneau Commission. The party denied impropriety in both cases.

Duhaime asked if PQ minister and former FTQ Solidarity Fund executive Élaine Zakaïb used her influence at the pension fund to push projects that the FTQ's union executives had personal connections to.

"We've always known that (former FTQ-Construction head) Jocelyn Dupuis had special links and connections at the FTQ fund where he was able to push for certain projects," Duhaime said. "We heard (at the Charonneau Commission) about biker club, a strip club..."

Former FTQ executive and whistleblower Ken Pereira claims Dupuis had close ties with organized crime; Dupuis denies the charge, saying that friends with criminal records have served their time. 

Zakaïb denies Duhaime's allegations; her lawyers say she only met with Dupuis once.

"It's not the first time that the Parti Québécois does this," Duhaime said. "Instead of answering questions from the press, they try to muzzle people who come out with those stories."

Duhaime, a fierce PQ critic and former advisor to Mario Dumont's ADQ, was a popular Journal de Montréal columnist and LCN pundit, but hasn't been read in Quebecor Media's Quebec properties since 2012; he instead only writes for the chain's 'Rest of Canada' Sun Media newspapers. 

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  1. ric posted on 04/03/2014 10:12 PM
    Those seps can dish it out, but can't take it, even if it's the truth. It'll all come out when she loses the election.
  2. Kim posted on 04/03/2014 10:48 PM
    Diffamation of caracter is not to be accepted even by the press. The PQ was right to sent out a letter of demand. The courts have already established that the press can not hide behind freedom of speech to say or write watherver they want.
    There must be limits and in these cases they were crossed.
    1. Domenica Facciolo O'Toole posted on 04/04/2014 07:55 AM
      @Kim "Defamation of character"????? How about defamation of character by the PQ against Philippe Cuillard when they found him guilty by association re Porter???
      Typical PQ: They can dish it out, but they can't take it.
    2. Janet posted on 04/04/2014 08:13 AM
      @Kim You have a seriously bad idea of what a free press is all about -- it includes pointing out when someone in the public sector does something wrong. The PQ is taking a leaf from the Obama playbook -- when things don't go your way, threaten the press!
  3. Murray posted on 04/05/2014 10:12 AM
    Quebec has anti-SLAPP legislation on the books so let the PQ sue and waste their $$
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