Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Deputy Quebec Premier Going Straight to Trial on Fraud-Related Charges

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Deputy Quebec Premier Going Straight to Trial on Fraud-Related Charges

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Nathalie Normandeau going straight to trial

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QUEBEC - Former deputy Quebec premier Nathalie Normandeau and six other people charged with fraud-related offences will not have a preliminary hearing and will go straight to trial.

The Crown did not say Monday why it was proceeding with what is called a preferred indictment that allows it to bypass the preliminary hearing.

"It's a procedure that is provided for in the Criminal Code and it's the Crown's prerogative (to invoke it)," said prosecutor Claude Dussault.

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

She and her co-accused were arrested in March 2016. …

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