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Sixth investigation by the Ethics Commissioner | “There are going to be others,” warns Fitzgibbon

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(Québec) Malgré l’ouverture d’une sixième enquête le concernant, Pierre Fiztgibbon persiste et signe : la commissaire à l’éthique va conclure qu’« il n’y a pas eu de problème » avec sa participation à une partie de chasse au faisan sur une île privée. Le ministre y va même d’une prédiction étonnante : il y aura d’autres enquêtes à son sujet.

Le ministre de l’Économie et de l’Énergie s’est réjoui vendredi que la commissaire à l’éthique et à la déontologie, Ariane Mignolet, ait confirmé jeudi qu’elle fera enquête sur les évènements. La veille, M. Fitzgibbon l’invitait d’ailleurs à le faire. « Je l’ai demandée, je suis content », a-t-il exprimé en se rendant à la période des questions, vendredi à l’Assemblée nationale.

Le Journal de Montréal a rapporté jeudi que le superministre du gouvernement Legault a participé cet automne à une partie de chasse dans l’île de la Province, située sur le lac Memphrémagog, qui appartient à des personnes liées à des entreprises qui bénéficient de subventions publiques.

« Elle va faire son travail et dire qu’il n’y a pas eu de problème », a ajouté M. Fitzgibbon, qui refuse de révéler avec qui il a chassé à ce moment. « Ce n’est pas de vos affaires, c’est privé. […] It’s my private life. I will speak to the ethics commissioner, ”he repeated on Friday. Thursday, he also said he had “paid what he had to pay”.

François Legault briefly assured that Mr. Fitzgibbon was going to collaborate in the commissioner’s investigation, upon his arrival at the Blue Room. “He’s going to participate, but hey, I’m not worried,” the prime minister said later Friday, on the sidelines of the Council of the Federation’s virtual press conference.

This is the sixth investigation by the Ethics Commissioner in four years targeting Minister Fitzgibbon, but the principal concerned is far from worried: “There will be others […] I don’t mind, ”he told reporters. “There is no conflict [d’intérêt], there has never been a conflict and there will not be. The day there is a conflict, I will leave”, concluded the minister, without any hesitation.

The Ethics Commissioner will investigate possible breaches of Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Members of the National Assembly following requests made by the Liberal Party of Quebec and Quebec solidaire. They say they have “reasonable grounds” to believe that Mr. Fitzgibbon “would have breached section 15 of the Code regarding conflicts of interest and sections 29 to 33 of the Code regarding gifts, benefits and other marks. of hospitality. »

The case has further reacted to the opposition parties on the last day of parliamentary work before the holiday break on Friday. “We will never accept that, even if it is the sixth, the seventh or the eighth breach by Pierre Fitzgibbon of the rules of ethics of the National Assembly,” lamented the parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. .

“Repetition must not become a pretext for trivialization,” he added.

The interim leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Marc Tanguay, said that the situation “raises very important questions for the basis of our democracy” and that François Legault and Pierre Fitzgibbon do not seem to be concerned about it.

With Melanie Marquis, The Press



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