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