09/30/2011 08:31 EDT | Updated 11/30/2011 05:12 EST

Quebecor threatens legal action against anti-collusion chief following comments

MONTREAL - Media properties owned by Quebecor Inc. say they're considering legal action against Quebec's anti-collusion chief for comments he's made about them.

Lawyers for the Journal de Montreal, QMI Agency and Groupe TVA sent letters to Jacques Duchesneau on Friday and say they're examining their legal options.

Duchesneau authored the report that stated that construction companies, criminal groups and crooked civil servants conspired to drive up the price of public-works projects in Quebec.

During a popular Quebec television talk show on Radio-Canada last Sunday, Duchesneau said he was the victim of a smear campaign by reporters who were biased towards the province's anti-collusion unit.

He did not name anyone specifically in that interview.

But in Friday's edition of Montreal La Presse, Duchesneau targeted TVA, the Journal de Montreal and reporters and columnists in the employ of the two Quebecor-owned organizations.

Duchesneau says the reports have been an attempt to discredit and intimidate him.

In a news release, the paper called the allegations "false and unfounded" while the television network said in a separate release the accusations are "serious and lies."

They've asked Duchesneau to stop making such comments.