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Opposition Parti Quebecois member ejected for conflict

Opposition Parti Quebecois member ejected for conflict

QUEBEC — A member of the Opposition Parti Quebecois (PQ) has been ejected from caucus after admitting to conflict of interest while he was in municipal politics.

Gaetan Lelievre, who represents the eastern Quebec riding of Gaspe, will sit in the legislature as an Independent. He admitted May 16 to having received numerous gifts and perks from engineering firm Roche while serving as director general of the City of Gaspe, a job he held between 2001 and 2010.

PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee was critical of Lelievre for failing to inform him about events reported in Quebecor newspapers on May 16, including a number of compromising emails.

Lelievre apologized, saying he should not have accepted any benefits and should have disclosed the matter to his political party, but added that none of it was illegal.

The allegations stem from 2008 and 2009. In his testimony before the Charbonneau Commission, Lelievre denied receiving gifts in exchange for contracts doled out by the City of Gaspe.

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