A political aide to Pauline Marois says the former Quebec premier was well aware of $10,000 in disguised illegal financing that came into her riding of Charlevoix for the 2008 election campaign.
Ernest Murray was commenting on email exchanges between himself and an engineer at the company Roche where the two frankly discussed the illegal corporate funding and the fact that the true source would be hidden.
"Madame Marois was more aware than me on this subject," Murray told the Charbonneau commission. "I mentioned it to her because it was something important."
An email also produced for the commission shows the Roche engineer later asking for contracts for projects within the Charlevois riding.
But the former staff member calls the financing an isolated case, and says Roche got no favours in return for the money.
All of this is supposed to have taken place before Marois began calling for a public inquiry to look into this very kind of behaviour.
Liberals are worse
As journalists pressed for answers after the testimony, a clearly displeased Stéphane Bédard snapped at a reporter to "stop talking in my ear when I speak to you."
He says he has asked the party to verify the information, but the PQ's interim parliamentary leader says he can already assure us of one thing: "Madame Marois was never implicated in any way."
Bédard also described the testimony as unfortunate. "What we have is someone's declaration that I think is disappointing, that someone did financing of that nature."
He says that, as premier, Pauline Marois passed laws to tighten up such practices.
And, the allegations against the Liberals are worse, argued Bédard, because that party has twice been the subject of police search operations.