Ex-Liberal minister Normandeau targeted by UPAC

Nathalie Normandeau (left) announces her retirement from politics in 2011, alongside then-premier Jean Charest.
CANADIAN PRESS

Some damning allegations came to light today surrounding former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister Nathalie Normandeau.

Quebec's anti-corruption squad, UPAC, released documents this afternoon that suggest the former deputy premier under Jean Charest was at the heart of a criminal conspiracy that allowed several firms to easily purchase favors from the government in exchange for illegal contributions to the Liberal party — that she was fully aware of what she was doing, and that she personally profited from the activity.

Those allegations were apparently the reason for a series of raids by UPAC's Hammer Squad at the Liberal party's Waverly St. headquarters last July.

Today, a judge allowed for those documents to be made public.

They apparently confirm a number of rumors, including that a fundraising dinner for the party was held just two months before the 2008 election at a posh Quebec City restaurant, and was organized by the engineering firm Roche to fund Normandeau's re-election bid.

There are also allegations suggesting some of Normandeau's fundraising was tied to her approving a water plant project for north-shore Boisbriand.

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