Charest calls for an end to the investigation Mâchurer

Charest demande la fin de l'enquête Mâchurer

The fact that it is still under investigation Mâchurer would be a ball at the foot of Jean Charest if he presents himself to the leadership of the conservative Party of Canada. He is seen here at the funeral of John Crosbie, in the company of the ex-premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Brian Tobin.

17 January 2020 17h16

Updated at 20h38

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Charest calls for an end to the investigation Mâchurer

Catherine Lévesque

The canadian Press

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OTTAWA — Jean Charest calls for an end to the investigation Mâchurer of the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) that the aims, while he is considering to return to active politics.

His lawyer, Michel Massicotte, has offered an interview to the television of Radio-Canada Friday, to declare the innocence of his client and to demand the end of this survey, which sticks to the former prime minister of Quebec for years.

“Listen, it’s been six years. Six years! And we have still not yet managed to find anything”, he said.

This output of Mr. Massicotte occurs in the aftermath of the disclosure of the mandates of the UPAC that were Marc Bibeau, a former fundraiser for the Quebec liberal Party (QLP).

These documents made public on Thursday have lifted the veil on the secret funding of the QLP over the years, Charest. The former prime minister is mentioned as the friend of Mr. Bibeau.

Mr. Massicotte is categorical : “there is absolutely nothing that links Mr. Charest in any illegal act” and it is time that Mâchurer come to an end, nearly six years later.

“Stop this investigation. We have cooperated. Stop saying that we’re hiding or anything. We have offered our cooperation, but this cooperation does not appear to be mutual”, he argued.

Dead letter

Mr. Massicotte argues that the police officers of UPAC have asked twice — in 2013 and 2014 to meet with Mr. Charest, who has accepted. But each time, the offer is remained a dead letter, he lamented.

He also recalled that Mr. Charest had met in 2014, the prosecutor of the Charbonneau commission, the current quebec minister of Justice, Sonia LeBel — as well as two police officers who, later, have been linked to the UPAC.

Mr. Charest had also submitted a statement of 300 pages in which he explained on the issue of political financing and its relationship with Mr. Bibeau, says his lawyer.

Mr. Charest has finally never been invited to testify at the Charbonneau commission and the final report is not addressed to him any blame.

Mr. Massicotte even goes so far as to say that his client was not aware of the funding practices of Mr. Bibeau.

“To endorse a practice, it is still necessary to be aware of the practice,” noted the lawyer, adding that the arrival of Mr. Charest at the head of the LIBERALS in 1998, there was already a system of funding, organized and goals to reach.

The fact that it is still under investigation Mâchurer would be a ball at the foot of Mr. Charest if he confirms that he is running for the leadership of the conservative Party of Canada.

If it decides to go, he must disclose that he is the subject of an investigation in the questionnaire of a candidate and his opponents will no doubt remind him. “Obviously, in a context where Mr. Charest has ambitions to stand for a political party, well listen, it takes as much importance”, has launched Massicotte, adding that it is “not a part of this”.

Mr. Massicotte has refused the request of interview to The canadian Press.

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