September 12, 2017 3:16 pm

Nathalie Normandeau fraud trial likely to begin in early 2018

WATCH ABOVE: Politicians in Quebec City reacted swiftly to the arrest of former Liberal deputy Premier Nathalie Normandeau in March 2016. Global's Elysia Bryan-Baynes reports.

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The Crown says the fraud-related trial of ex-deputy Quebec premier Nathalie Normandeau and five co-accused will likely be held in early 2018 and last at least four months.

Claude Dussault said outside a Quebec City courtroom Tuesday he has a list of 139 potential witnesses, although not all will necessarily testify.

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Normandeau, 49, is charged with conspiracy, corruption, breach of trust and fraud in a scheme in which political financing and gifts were allegedly exchanged for lucrative government contracts between 2000 and 2012.

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She and six others were arrested in March 2016.

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One of the seven, ex-Parti Québécois political aide Ernest Murray, recently pleaded guilty to counselling a criminal offence that was not committed.

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Normandeau served as a Liberal member of the legislature for a riding on the Gaspé peninsula from 1998 to 2011 and held key cabinet positions as well as being deputy premier from 2007 to 2011.

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