Jean Charest on trial against the Quebec government

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Jean Charest on trial against the Quebec government

Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest is suing the Quebec government for $2 million in connection with media leaks in the UPAC Mâchurer investigation.

“My client had an intrinsic vulnerability to UPAC,” Jacques Jeansonne, Jean Charest's lawyer, argued in Superior Court on Tuesday.

L& #x27;ex-premier of Quebec claims to have been the victim of abuse of power by the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC), in addition to accusing the government of relentlessness and bad faith.

He is seeking more than $2 million in damages, due to media leaks in 2017 as part of UPAC's Mâchurer investigation, which focused on the financing of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ). Jean Charest maintains that confidential information relating to his private life has been transmitted to the media.

Since Monday, his trial against the Attorney General of Quebec (PGQ) has been held discreetly at the 15th floor of the Montreal courthouse.

We wanted to ostracize a former holder of the office [of Prime Minister] and we did it in an oppressive and contemptuous way, argued Me Jeansonne before Judge Gregory Moore.

On Monday, Jean Charest himself testified in court about the consequences he would have experienced. He continues to suffer this anguish. He suffers from it […] and his family is affected, summed up his lawyer.

The ex-politician also denounces the behavior of the outgoing Minister of Public Security , Geneviève Guilbault, who exhibited the book PLQ inc.– on which appears the face of Jean Charest – during question period at the National Assembly of Quebec, in October 2021.

Jean Charest has never been charged. Last winter, UPAC officially ended the Mâchurer investigation, launched in April 2014 to shed light on questionable funding practices within the PLQ. No charges were ever laid in connection with this investigation.

Another investigation is underway to identify the source of the media leaks. More likely than not they will never find [la], said Jean Charest's lawyer.

When he left the room x27;hearing, the recently defeated candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, accompanied by his spouse, refused to answer questions from Radio-Canada.

Wednesday, it will be at turn of the PGQ, represented by Me Michel Déom, to plead to defend itself.

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