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Radio-Canada political commentator resigns following corruption inquiry testimony

03/15/2013 05:46 EDT | Updated 05/15/2013 05:12 EDT
Former Liberal cabinet minister Liza Frulla has stepped down from her position as a political commentator for Radio-Canada following allegations made at the Charbonneau commission that involved her husband’s company, according to the broadcaster.

Frulla had been a panelist on the network’s daytime show, Le Club des Ex and on Radio-Canada’s flagship news program, Le Téléjournal.

Frulla’s husband, André Morrow, runs Morrow Communications, a company named at Quebec’s corruption inquiry on Thursday.

Yves Cadotte, the current executive vice-president at SNC-Lavalin, alleged that Bernard Trépanier – who was in charge of party financing for Union Montréal – asked his firm to pay a $75,000 bill that was allegedly issued by Morrow Communications to the municipal party.

It was not made clear whether the services were rendered by Morrow Communications.

Frulla told Radio-Canada her decision to withdraw from her functions were mostly based on ethics.

“The mandate of a political panelist, especially for a show like the Club des Ex, implies that we must freely and spontaneously comment on news events. By respect for the public and my colleagues ... it is preferable that I withdraw for the moment,” Frulla told Radio-Canada.

Radio-Canada’s general information director, Michel Cormier, said Frulla played a big role at Radio-Canada and defended her opinions with the knowledge she earned “while heading important ministries in Quebec and Ottawa.”

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