Christine St-Pierre, Jean-François Lisée bury the hatchet

Minister apologizes to predecessor for comments about his trips abroad

Quebec's international relations minister is apologizing to her Parti Quebecois predecessor for comments she made about his frequent trips to France.

Jean-Francois Lisée threatened on Tuesday to sue Christine St-Pierre if she didn't retract her remarks within a week.

St-Pierre recently raised doubts about Lisée's integrity, saying he abused his position on his official trips to France.

Lisee's wife and children live near Paris and he visited them during missions and trips to the French capital during the 18 months he held the post.

Speaking to reporters in Quebec City today, St-Pierre apologized to Lisée and his family and said it was not her intention to hurt them.

She says her department will continue to examine Lisée's trips abroad and that he will receive a report when it is ready.

For his part, Lisée told a French-language TV interviewer that he accepts the apology, and that the matter is closed.

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