May 8, 2014 5:32 pm

Retired PQ politician Guy Chevrette takes stand at corruption inquiry

Guy Chevrette testifies before the Charbonneau Commission in Montreal, Thursday, May 8, 2014.

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – A former provincial politician is finally getting his chance this afternoon to take the stand at Quebec’s corruption inquiry.

Guy Chevrette is a longtime Parti Quebecois stalwart who was transport minister between 1998 and 2002.

Chevrette has been itching to get on the stand for months so he can reply to allegations he exerted influence over provincial contracts and fundraising practices.

His name has come up recently during the examination of a contract to complete a seldom-used 31-kilometre stretch of road north of Montreal.

However, it’s other allegations about political favours, cash payments and influence-peddling made by inquiry witness Gilles Cloutier in 2013 that have angered the former PQ minister.

Chevrette has denied any wrongdoing, but was prevented from fast-tracking his appearance before the inquiry.

The politician-turned-lobbyist represented Joliette riding from 1976 to 2002 and held several senior cabinet roles in various PQ governments.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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