Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Quebec Deputy Premier Normandeau Rips Up Liberal Membership Card

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Quebec Deputy Premier Normandeau Rips Up Liberal Membership Card

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Normandeau rips up Quebec Liberal membership card

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QUEBEC - Former Quebec deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau said Tuesday the province's anti-corruption unit has declared war on her.

On her first day of work for Quebec City radio station BLVD FM, the ex-cabinet minister ripped up her membership for the provincial Liberal party.

Normandeau is charged with conspiracy, corruption, breach of trust and fraud in an alleged scheme in which police say political financing and gifts were exchanged for lucrative government contracts between 2000 and 2012.

"I never committed a criminal act," she told her listeners. "I am not guilty of what I am being charged."

Normandeau was a member of the legislature between 1998 and 2011. She held senior positions in Jean Charest's Liberal cabinet as well as being deputy premier between 2007 and 2011.

After leaving politics, Normandeau began co-hosting a radio show in the provincial capital but was let go shortly after her arrest. …

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