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<p> Francis Vachon Archives Le Devoir In the middle of a by-election in Jean-Talon, MP Pascal Bérubé sent a partisan message to citizens from his National Assembly email address. We see him here at a press briefing in Amqui in March 2023, following a tragedy. </p>
<p>The Ethics Commissioner, Ariane Mignolet, will investigate the actions of the PQ MP for Matane-Matapédia, Pascal Bérubé.</p>
<p>In a press release sent Friday, she indicates that she agrees to follow up on a request made by the president of the caucus of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), Mario Laframboise.</p>
<p>He affirmed last month that he had reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Bérubé had committed a breach of article 36 of the Code of Ethics which concerns the use of State goods and services.</p>
<p>In the middle of a by-election in Jean -Heel, Mr. Bérubé had sent a partisan message to citizens from his National Assembly email address.</p>
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He also acknowledged the facts at a press briefing on September 19, ensuring that the error had been quickly corrected.

“Those who complain about that use state resources in a considerable way, political employees, ministerial limousines” to campaign in Jean-Talon, he responded.

The message sent by Mr. Bérubé invited citizens to lend a hand to the Parti Québécois (PQ) to elect its candidate in Jean-Talon, Pascal Paradis.

Mr. Laframboise was outraged that “not only is the MP sending an email to a large number of people to solicit their partisan involvement in a by-election, he is also asking them to send him names and contact details to his email address of the National Assembly.”

The commissioner announced, on September 22, that she was postponing the analysis of the complaint against the PQ member, explaining that the response to the request for an investigation risked to have repercussions on the by-election.

Friday, Ms. Mignolet indicated that Pascal Bérubé had been informed in writing of the opening of an investigation into him. As usual, this will be conducted behind closed doors.

“No comments will be made during the investigation process. Once this is completed, a report […] will be sent to the presidency of the National Assembly who will make it public,” she explained in the press release.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116