Action for damages brought by Jean Charest: Quebec defends itself
Former Premier Jean Charest is claiming more than $2 million in damages from the Quebec government, due to media leaks in 2017 as part of UPAC's Mâchurer investigation.
On the third day of the trial, the Quebec government denies any wrongdoing and declares that it is not responsible for the media leaks by the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC) that targeted Jean Charest in 2017.
The ex-prime minister is suing the government after details of the Mâchurer investigation leaked to Quebecor media in 2017.
UPAC is focused on the financing of the Liberal Party of Quebec. The investigation is closed, Jean Charest was never charged, but the leaks mentioned that he was a person of interest in the case.
As of today, an investigation is still ongoing to determine the author of the leaks. We are in the field of hypotheses, pleaded Me Michel Déom, the lawyer for the Attorney General of Quebec (PGQ). Certainly, the government cannot be held responsible, according to him.
He believes that the information was already in the public domain and that these are insignificant documents that were publicized.
If Jean Charest suffered damage, it stems from the publication, therefore, of Quebecor, says the PGQ.
L' ;former politician alleges that private information was leaked to the media, that his reputation was tarnished and that the government wanted to ostracize him in an oppressive and contemptuous way.
He is seeking more than $2 million in damages.
The recently defeated former Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate walked away from the trial without comment .
Superior Court Judge Gregory Moore took the matter under advisement.