Couillard doubts MNA under police investigation

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New allegations of illegal fundraising from UPAC are casting a shadow on the Quebec Liberals, just as their 70 newly elected and re-elected MNAs take the oath of office.

A report from Radio-Canada suggests four people from the Charest government, including an unnamed one who was re-elected and sworn in today, are now under investigation from Quebec's anti-corruption squad.

Today, several PQ MNAs - including interim leader Stéphane Bédard and Rosemont MNA Jean-François Lisée - demanded the Liberals disclose all the information they have relating to potential misdeeds in the way the party raises money.

Lisée says his party tried to warn the public. "Of course we had told Quebecers before the election that this government would be burdened with a number of allegations, and probably trials."

Documents released yesterday include affidavits used by the police to obtain a search warrant at the Liberals' Waverly St. headquarters in July of last year.

Among those targeted were former Liberal deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau, who's alleged to be at the heart of a scheme that allowed some companies to obtain government contracts in exchange for illegal contributions to the party.

It's also been alleged the Liberals used two sets of books by creating what's been called the 127th seat in the National Assembly - which was used to illegally collect corporate donations.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Incoming premier Philippe Couillard says he was not aware of any of this information before it was released to the public, and says he's not convinced that one of his MNAs is under investigation.

"I don't beleive it's true. I have no information at all on this," he said.

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