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Pauline Marois's 2008 investment into her husband Claude Blanchet's real estate company, made very suspect for its connection to the FTQ Solidarity Fund and its former president Michel Arsenault, is not being ignored by the Coalition Avenir Québec.
The CAQ “will hound the premier every day” until Marois explains the exact circumstances of the investment, a mission CAQ house leader Gérard Deltell told reporters Monday.
The PQ has dodged previous attempts by the CAQ and Quebec Liberals to force Marois and Blanchet speak before the National Assembly's public finance commission, largely by being uncooperative.
No official date before the assembly was set, so Marois and the PQ can't be seen as violating any rules of governance. Still, Quebec Liberals said Marois could be held in "contempt" if she ignores an official assembly "order" to explain the 2008 deal.
Instead of taking no for an answer, the CAQ hope to focus on the Marois-Blanchet deal during the PQs coming election campaign, and likely use it as an argument against the legitimacy of the PQ government.
After a two-week pause, the National Assembly will reconvene on March 11th to debate the PQ's budget.
Is the CAQ justified in their mission?
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