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Quebec corruption inquiry struggling for relevance: Hébert
Even the Charbonneau commission’s initial supporters have been wondering for months whether it has lost its way.
A lot of Quebecers saw the 2004 federal commission appointed by then-prime minister Paul Martin to look into the sponsorship program as the template for the Charbonneau inquiry.
Having seen past and present prime ministers called to the witness bar of the inquiry headed by justice John Gomery, many expected former premier Jean Charest to be called to testify at the current inquiry about his decade in power.
That did not happen. In the end much of the public work of the commission focused on municipal politics and involved administrations that were either swept out of office in local elections in 2013 or else were caught in the net of ongoing police investigations.
Still, at year’s end, the commission formally served notice on Charest that he stood to be blamed for some of the ethical breaches that took place on his watch. The former premier has the right to present the commission with a rebuttal before its conclusions are made public. But one way or another, Charbonneau can’t be sure she will have the last word.
When Gomery similarly blamed former prime minister Jean Chrétien and chief of staff Jean Pelletier for the sponsorship program going off the rails, they appealed the finding in Federal Court and it was set aside — with compensation — to each of them.
A decade ago the Gomery commission scorched the Quebec earth for the federal Liberals. Its report — even as it cleared Martin of involvement in the troubled sponsorship saga — did little to help his party emerge from the debris of the scandal in Quebec in the 2006 federal election.
There is no doubt that part of the rationale for the opposition parties in the national assembly to clamour for what eventually became the Charbonneau inquiry was based on the expectation that its work would likewise salt the electoral ground for the provincial Liberals for a generation.
Corruption involving Liberals?
Say it ain't so!
The current Couillard government is making absurd cuts in social welfare - for example targeting the hordes on the dole who spend their winters in the sunny south, or rent out a room. This exercise in meanness (in both senses of the word) will probably cost far more than the pennies in savings it will bring in.
Believe it or not, the minister who proclaimed this shit actually wrote a book advocating a Minimum Income a few years ago...
Françoise David gave an excellent response to this bullshit on her Facebook page: https://fr-ca.facebook.com/FrancoiseDavid.QS
Le gouvernement a menti quand il a dit qu'il atteindra l'équilibre budgétaire sans s'en prendre aux plus vulnérables.
Cet hiver, ce printemps, il se pourrait bien que le bruit des casseroles résonne de nouveau. J'y serai. M. Couillard, vous ne pouvez pas continuer comme ça: nous ne l'acceptons plus.
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Unfortunately, there is no form of the video (such as youtube or dailymotion) that I can link. I'm not on Facebook (security concerns). I'd appreciate it if someone could post it.
Big news here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/upac-arrest-nathalie-normandeau-1... Ex Deouty-Premier Nathalie Normandeau and others have been arrested by anti-corruption unit UPAC.