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05/14/2014 11:07 EDT | Updated 07/14/2014 05:59 EDT

Julie Boulet, ex-Liberal transport minister, testifies at Charbonneau commission

Liberal MNA and former transport minister Julie Boulet is now in the witness box at the province’s corruption commission. She's the second former transport minister to testify before the commission in as many weeks. 

Boulet served as deputy transport minister under Jean Charest’s government from September 2003 to 2007 and then transport minister until 2010.

She was re-elected in her Laviolette riding in the April election, but she was not named to cabinet by premier Philippe Couillard.

Last week, Guy Chevrette, a longtime Parti Québécois cabinet minister, vehemently denied he accepted money in exchange for political favours.

Shut out of minister's office

Earlier this week, Louis Marchand, owner of the construction firm Maskimo, harshly criticized the system of political financing in which his company was mired in the 2000s that he said involved the transport minister's office.

He told the commission that shortly after he took over the family business in 2009, he decided the firm would no longer participate.

Marchand said his firm was shut out of the transport minister’s office when employees stopped making political contributions.

“There were no more meetings, no more communication with the office of Ms. Boulet,” he said.

He also described one phone call he received directly from Boulet in 2004 after turning down an invitation to a $1,000 a ticket fundraising event in Shawinigan.

“She said it wasn’t her fault if we had fewer contracts than others and that she was very, very, very disappointed that we weren’t participating in her fundraising event,” he said.

 

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