Ex-Liberal transport minister Boulet takes stand

By: Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

 | May 14, 2014 - 2:54 PM |
MONTREAL - A member of Quebec's legislature who has been in office for more than a decade is insisting she knows little about the intricacies of political financing.

Former Liberal transport minister Julie Boulet is the first active provincial politician to take the stand at the Charbonneau Commission.

Boulet told the inquiry today she's never sold a Liberal party membership card, never sold a fundraiser ticket and never called a company for donations.

A construction boss who was critical of political financing involving the transport minister's office under all political parties mentioned Boulet's name in his testimony this week.

Louis Marchand of Maskimo told the inquiry he declined an invitation from Boulet's office in 2004 to attend a $1,000 fundraiser in Shawinigan. He claimed it earned him a call from Boulet herself to express her disappointment.

Boulet was first elected to the legislature in 2001, was junior transport minister between 2003 and 2007 and transport minister from 2007 to 2010.

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