The latest leadership hopeful to accuse Peladeau of unsportsmanlike conduct is Martine Ouellet, who said Tuesday that Peladeau "sharply rebuked" her in March after a debate because she had criticized his past stance against unions.
Ouellet stopped short of saying Peladeau intimidated her, but said he spoke to her in a way she had never experienced in politics.
Another PQ contender, Pierre Cere, told Maclean's magazine in an article published May 2 that Peladeau cornered him during a party convention last February after he criticized his media holdings.
Peladeau is the controlling shareholder of Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR. B), one of the country's largest media companies.
Cere said Peladeau swore at him and said: "I'm going to buy you. How much do you cost? You are going to cause many businesses to leave Quebec."
On Monday, Cere said he was not the only person who had been intimidated by the PQ leadership front-runner.
Peladeau shrugged off his opponents' accusations, saying his passion can sometimes get the better of him.
"Yes, I am human," he told reporters in Quebec City on Tuesday. "And sometimes I get passionate. I have a passion for Quebec and that's the reason I got into politics. To make Quebec a country."
Quebec Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Fournier said Quebec doesn't deserve to have a leader who is as "aggressive and choleric" as Peladeau.
"Pierre Karl Peladeau cannot control his aggressive compulsions toward others," Fournier said.
The PQ leader will be announced on May 15. If none of the four candidates gets 50 per cent, a second round of voting will end May 22.
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