Liberals lukewarm to team member Julie Boulet

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The Liberals are far from throwing their support behind their colleague, Julie Boulet.

Boulet, a former minister under Charest, experienced several holes in her memory when she testified in front of the Charbonneau commission. She also said was not aware of many actions that were being taken in her ministry or office.

The premier chose not to put her in his cabinet last month.

Today, when he was asked whether he felt comfortable having her sit in his caucus, he reacted with great caution: "I will wait until the end of the testimony and the end of the commission. We should be careful not judging anybody until the testimony is completed."

Boulet had also testified that for much of her time as minister, she was completely unaware that she was supposed to be raising 100 thousand dollars a year for her party.

The statement has fed criticism that she was being less than forthright with the commissioners.

Many of Charest's former ministers her openly contradicted that part of Boulet's testimony, including the premier. "Like in any political party, people knew the targets," Couillard said.

Pierre Moreau was one of the few who said he had never been told to fulfill a $100,000 goal, though he spent most of his time as a backbencher during the Charest years.

He joined cabinet after Liberals financing was already under scrutiny.

One of the few that came to Boulet's defence, Yves Bolduc, told reporters that it was possible Boulet was not aware of her fundraising objectives.

"We have the impression that that interests everyone, but in politics there are ministers that aren't interested in those notions," he says. "It could be that someone was less informed."

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  1. LMAO posted on 05/16/2014 09:30 AM
    Many of Charest's former ministers her openly contradicted that part of Boulet's testimony, including the premier. "Like in any political party, people knew the targets," Couillard said.

    This statement alone is enough for the PM to remove her from the party. She has obviously lied under oath and if she truly has memory issues she should not be sitting as an MP period.
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