Despite the many convictions highlighted by the media Wednesday, the Minister of the environment Daniel Breton will not resign, provides the Office of Pauline Marois, which minimizes the scope of these revelations.
“No, it is not question he resigned, meets Shirley Bishops, Director of communications at the Government Marois. He did nothing criminal and committed to repay all that it should. […] He retains the confidence of the Prime Minister.”
Daniel Breton past came to haunt him Wednesday. A few minutes of intervals, the TVA network and the press unveiled several spots appeared on his record over the last 25 years: two evictions from housing because of rent unpaid, of cases of fraud in employment insurance, several citations for speeding and the suspension of his driver’s license.
Compromising information about the Member for Sainte-Marie – Saint-Jacques were found in the plumitif – a registry that lists the legal proceedings and decisions by the courts – and in “administrative documents”. According to La Presse, Daniel Breton was found guilty in September 1988 on three counts for offences under the Employment Insurance Act, which earned him $300 fine. He was also ordered to pay $400 in 2007 when pursued by the Deputy Minister of revenue for not sending his tax return on time.
Meanwhile, the TVA network has unveiled that Mr. Breton was expelled twice for multi-dwelling units for not paying his rent, June 2005 and December 2009. In the second case, it failed to pay 13 months of rent and was sentenced by the Régie du logement to pay $6320 to its owner, Berthier Dubé. Minister Breton it should now close to $7000.
Reports also helped to learn that the environmentalist was fined several fines for speeding and he would have been slow to pay some of them. He was sentenced in 1997 for driving while his licence was revoked.
Shirley Bishop, Pauline Marois cabinet was aware “of speed tickets” and unpaid rent, it was committed to repay.
“This is not a guy who has made money in his life, there has been a very difficult period and Yes, he has had unpaid rent, is Shirley Bishop. It two months that he has a good job and a good salary and he pledged to repay what it was supposed to with no problems, it will return what it should. »
Ms. Marois was however not aware of fines relating to employment insurance. Daniel Breton himself remembers more details, said Shirley Bishop.
«He couldn’t remember at all what was, it was 88, it’s been 25 years.» He was fined $300. »
Ms. Marois team, he has no problem with the message that such behaviour on the part of a Minister sent to the population. “It did not it while he was Minister. He did this before. At the same time, I think it’s still someone highly skilled, high-quality. »
At the Office of Daniel Breton, are also minimized the scope of these charges. “If he could become the party’s candidate and Minister, it is what appears on its docket is minor,” argued his press officer, Danielle Rioux.
It supplies Moreover the conspiracy theory against Daniel Breton, widely held theory on social networks. “I can not assume, but you know, with the commission Charbonneau, Liberals try to diversion and they want to target Mr. Breton. You might ask the Liberals if they the ones who feed the media… »
Unable to talk to the Minister referred by media reports, Wednesday night. But to the Government, it is argued that this new crisis put it “a little upside down”.
To the liberal party, the press officer for the parliamentary wing, Charles Robert, requires explanation of the Prime Minister. «If it is true [...]» those pieces were known to the Prime Minister. Then, that it has a zero tolerance policy, how is she to appoint him Minister? »
This story reinforces it the idea that it be rapidly shed light on these events, as well as the allegations of interference to the BAPE, for which the opposition already calls for the resignation of the Minister who will be heard in Committee on December 7. “There there, and to the Government as Minister of the environment, persistent offender with respect to a contravention of the laws and regulations of Quebec. So yes, it wants to shed light on anything the Minister. »
On the side of the CAQ, François Bonnardel believes that the Prime Minister has “condoned the dubious past of Mr. Breton”, which is, according to him, a “lack of significant judgment”. According to him, Daniel Breton “has more moral authority” to present to the general public. “Remains it only one thing to do: resign.”.