Tomassi to plead guilty

Tony Tomassi

A lawyer representing ex-minister Tony Tomassi says her client intends to plead guilty to charges of fraud and breach of trust.

Tomassi lost his job as Family minister four years ago.

At the same time, the then-premier Jean Charest revealed that Tomassi had been using a credit card that belonged to the now-bankrupt company BCIA, that had been gaining government contracts.

The police charges were related to Tomassi's link to BCIA, but the public has never been informed of the exact nature and details of the crimes he is now admitting to.

"I have no comment on this. The tribunal will decide how to move forward," says Liberal leader Philippe Couillard.

During his time in office, Tomassi had also been dogged by accusations that Liberal doners were gaining favourable access to subsidized daycare spots - allegations that have never been tied to Tomassi's current legal woes.

The guilty plea means he will avoid a drawn-out trial, which could have attracted media attention and also revealed lengthy details of his crimes.

However, some information will be revealed during a sentencing hearing, set for June 5th and 6th.

"I hope they (the Liberals) are now taking advantage of someone pleading guilty," said the PQ's Pascal Bérubé, who adds he beleives in the justice system.

The PQ's interim leader, Stéphane Bédard is calling on the Liberals to take the initiative to release all information they have on the subject.

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