Pauline Marois lives - with her husband Claude Blanchet - in a $3 million chateau on a small island in the west end of Montreal. You can see it here. No journalist has ever been invited inside to see it. For public consumption, Marois has invited journalists to her more modest dacha near Quebec City.
According to The Gazette, to get the land to build the chateau, Blanchet paid a bribe of $1600 to obtain a zoning change.
The creation of the riverside manor on Île Bizard involved some deft handling before the Commission for the Protection of Agricultural Land on the part of her husband, Claude Blanchet.
This included an affidavit to the commission that proved decisive in obtaining permission in 1992 for Marois and Blanchet to build the estate on land zoned agricultural.
The man who swore out the affidavit said he never read it and added that Blanchet gave him a "gift" of $1,600 after he signed the document.
In addition, the "manor" is built partially on government-owned land, expropriated to build an extension to a bypass around Montreal. The bypass was never built.
According to a PQ press communique, Blanchet does not deny that he uses the government land. He denies paying a bribe and intends to sue The Gazette for diffamation.
This one is going to be a real fun scandal. Really dirty. (Charest owns a nice house in Westmount.)
Après les différentes controverses qu'a suscitées au cours des années le journal The Gazette, le voilà qui essaie encore une fois d'éclabousser une chef du Parti Québécois, Pauline Marois, en publiant de fausses allégations de corruption relativement à l'obtention d'une dérogation pour la construction de sa maison à l'île Bizard. A travers son mari Claude Blanchet. Tout cela à 2 jours de l'élection partielle dans Charlevoix. Quelle coincidence!!!
Edited by August1991, 23 September 2007 - 10:39 AM.