14 October 2014

Don Macpherson: Nobody looks good in Quebec National Assembly debate on Pierre Karl Péladeau's conflict of interest


Péladeau’s ethical judgment and self-restraint were thrown into question on Friday, when he was forced to admit that he may have broken the rules after all. La Presse had reported that he has used his position as an MNA to further his interests, an apparent violation of the letter of the Assembly’s ethics code.
Péladeau wrote on his Facebook page that when he sought government support for its bid for another company against an American rival, “there was never any question of favouring Quebecor.” He explained that he simply wanted to keep the company in Quebec hands — which happened to be his own.
The most charitable explanation is that a possible future premier of Quebec doesn’t know a conflict of interest when he’s in one