October 31, 2017 1:37 pm
Updated: October 31, 2017 5:51 pm

Couillard urges UPAC to shed light on Guy Ouellette’s arrest

WATCH: Guy Ouellette, the Chomedy MNA who was arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad, says he believes UPAC arrested him to stop him from asking questions about how the agency operates. Global's Raquel Fletcher reports.

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Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is urging the province’s anti-corruption unit to publicly release as many details as possible about Guy Ouellette‘s arrest.

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Couillard says there are currently more questions than answers about his arrest last week.

“The questions I have are the same as the public: How come a parliamentarian was arrested and we have no more details about that?” he said Tuesday.

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The premier told reporters in Quebec City Tuesday the arrest of a member of the National Assembly for reasons that remain unclear is a serious and exceptional situation.

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Ouellette, 65, was detained last Wednesday in connection with an investigation by the unit, known as UPAC, into an important information leak to the media last April.

He said he’s being intimidated and muzzled by UPAC in an attempt to keep him quiet.

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In a brief, but emotional address to the National Assembly, he warned his colleagues to be vigilant and not allow themselves to be intimidated by UPAC.

“I was, I am and I will always be an ardent defender of freedom,” Ouellette said.

He denied any wrongdoing, but didn’t go into detail about allegations of collusion between UPAC and the Financial Markets Authority.

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Ouellette has not been charged.

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