Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest Stands by Ex-Cabinet Mates Normandeau, Hamad

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest Stands by Ex-Cabinet Mates Normandeau, Hamad

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Jean Charest stands by Normandeau, Hamad

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MONTREAL - Former Quebec premier Jean Charest says he has full confidence in ex-deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau as she faces corruption-related charges.

Normandeau was one of seven people arrested by the province's anti-corruption unit last month in a scheme that allegedly saw political financing and gifts exchanged for lucrative government contracts.

She is charged with fraud, conspiracy, corruption and breach of trust and is due in court on April 20 in Quebec City.

Before a scheduled speech at McGill University today, Charest spoke to reporters about Normandeau and Sam Hamad, who has just stepped aside as treasury board minister over an alleged ethics scandal.

Charest applauded Hamad's move to voluntarily ask the province's ethics commissioner to look into allegations contained in a Radio-Canada report. …

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