Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Transport Minister Resigns amid Scandal over Sale of Hardware Chain

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Transport Minister Resigns amid Scandal over Sale of Hardware Chain

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Quebec transport minister quits amid scandal

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QUEBEC - Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust quit politics on Friday just hours after Premier Philippe Couillard indicated he no longer had full confidence in the minister.

Daoust, 68, had faced mounting criticism in recent months over his alleged role in authorizing the sale of a Quebec hardware chain to American giant Lowe's while he was the province's economy minister.

Although Daoust maintained he didn't know about Investissement Quebec's decision to sell its shares in Rona, emails sent in 2014 and obtained by TVA suggested the vice-president of the provincial investment agency had been given the go-ahead from Daoust's former chief of staff.

Members of the opposition had called for Daoust's resignation, accusing him of having lied to the public. …

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