Noël, formerly a La Presse reporter in Montreal, said his work in journalism inspired him to take on the role.
"Sometimes, I had the impression that we can go further and that the commission of the inquiry has the power to go further. They can oblige people to testify and I have a great confidence in the head of the commission," he said.
Noël has written many investigative articles looking into corruption in Quebec's construction industry. He also co-authored a book titled "Mafia Inc.," where he examined the connections between organized crime, legitimate business and the government.
Jacques Duchesneau, former head of the province's anti-collusion unit and witness at the commission, made claims that the Quebec provincial political parties have raised 70 per cent of their cash illegally.
Hearings will restart on Sept. 17.Suggest a correction