September 24, 2018 1:43 pm

Coalition Avenir Quebec’s François Legault first to disclose personal assets

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With a week left before the Quebec election, party leaders are beginning to reveal their financial situations.

Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ)’s François Legault was first out of the gate, disclosing Monday morning his personal wealth of $9.9 million.

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That includes a $4.5-million Montreal home on which he pays about $36,000 a year in municipal taxes. It is his only property.

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The party, which has a strong stance against tax havens, notes in the announcement that Legault has no bank accounts outside of Canada.

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Legault says he chose to be transparent and honest with voters and challenged other party leaders to release their tax returns and asset declarations before the Oct. 1 election.

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Party leaders agreed to do the same during the last provincial election in 2014.

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Quebec Liberal Party Leader Philippe Couillard said earlier in the campaign he would not release his finances, but a spokeswoman says he has changed his mind and will do so shortly.

The Parti Québécois (PQ) says Jean-François Lisée will also open his books.

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