Parti Québécois MNA Jean-Francois Lisée says he is ready to sue Liberal international affairs minister Christine St-Pierre.
Last week St-Pierre charged that Lisée abused his position while serving as the Marois government's international relations minister to visit his family in France while travelling abroad.
Accompanied by his spouse and PQ interim leader Stéphane Bédard at a press conference at the National Assembly this morning, Lisée said St-Pierre's allegations were completely unfounded and insulting to him and his family.
His wife works as a researcher at a university in Paris and Lisée did say he would use time to visit her while travelling.
But he strongly denied he ever abused government money or resources.
Lisée says St-Pierre's words will have consequences
"I'm asking the minister to fully retract her statements by this time next week and issue an apology to my family," he said. "Barring which, I will start a lawsuit for defamation."
He added that St-Pierre crossed a line for purely partisan reasons.
"To have our family life brought into the public debate - again, without any proof - is unacceptable," he said.
He added that he will only accept the apology if he feels it is sincere.