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Quebec cabinet minister stepping down amid ethics allegations

Sam Hamad will continue to sit as a Liberal member of the National Assembly


 

QUEBEC – Quebec’s treasury board president is quitting cabinet amid allegations he helped a horticultural company that was trying to get a government grant.

Sam Hamad said today he will continue to sit as a Liberal member of the legislature.

He recently asked the province’s ethics commissioner to look into the allegations contained in a Radio-Canada report that said he had ties with Marc-Yvan Cote.

Cote is a former Quebec Liberal cabinet who is facing fraud-related charges in a separate scheme that allegedly saw political financing and gifts exchanged for lucrative government contracts.

Premier Philippe Couillard said Wednesday that Hamad could have been “more prudent, certainly when it comes to matters of lobbyism.”


 
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