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Targeted by a police investigation, a member of the CAQ withdraws from the caucus



(Quebec) The member for Laviolette–Saint-Maurice, Marie-Louise Tardif, is withdrawing from the caucus of the Coalition avenir Québec while the major crimes division of the Sûreté du Québec completes its investigation into allegations of threats that she would have uttered in a court room.

“To avoid being a distraction for my colleagues, I have chosen to withdraw from the CAQ caucus while I shed light on the events,” said the elected official in a press release issued by the wing. caquiste parliamentarian.

She declined an interview request. The Press. The daily Le Nouvelliste revealed last week that the member for Laviolette–Saint-Maurice allegedly threatened an ex-employee in the middle of the courtroom. The Chief Government Whip, Éric Lefebvre met with her on Tuesday.

The meeting had been delayed since Tardif was on vacation outside the country. Prime Minister François Legault reacted by saying he was concerned, but he wanted to first “hear his version” before making a decision.

Le Nouvelliste reported that Tardif would have arrested, during a hearing before the Small Claims Division of the Court of Quebec, a former employee, Sylvie Guilbeau. Mme Guilbeau was present to corroborate the comments of a former employee of the Laviolette–Saint-Maurice constituency office who is suing the MP for wrongful dismissal.


Sylvie Guilbeau told the media that Marie-Louise Tardif would have whispered to her “we are going to embark on your case”. She would later have insulted Mme Guilbeau, and even threatened to have her arrested by the police. Mme Guilbeau then filed a complaint with the Sûreté du Québec.

The Sûreté du Québec confirms that an investigation is underway, led by its major crimes division. The spokesperson for the police force for the Mauricie region, Éloïse Cossette, points out that the event occurred in the grounds of a courthouse. She also affirms that one should not “jump to conclusions” and that one should wait for the result of the investigation.

Mme Tardif, who will therefore sit as an independent, has pledged to continue working to “advance the files” at her constituency office during her withdrawal.

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