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Pauline Marois denies deal with FTQ union bosses

01/22/2014 12:29 EST | Updated 03/24/2014 05:59 EDT
Premier Pauline Marois is on the defensive after the Quebec corruption inquiry heard a recording of a union boss saying that he was going to ask Marois for her help preventing a corruption inquiry from taking place. 

The 2009 exchange, which was played at the Charbonneau Commission on Tuesday, is between two senior union bosses — then-FTQ president Michel Arsenault and Jean Lavallée, a former president of the FTQ's construction wing.

In the wiretapped evidence, recorded in 2009, Arsenault is heard saying that he'll "talk to Pauline" about it.

Marois was the leader of the official opposition at the time. 

Marois has denied the allegations, saying that she long ago decided that her party would ask for an inquiry. 

"There never was a deal, and there isn't a deal," Marois said.

The Charbonneau commission continues today, with more testimony from Lavallée.

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