At least 13 candidates in the upcoming elections have been convicted of impaired driving and three of them have repeated the matter, our Bureau of Investigation has discovered. Another found himself in possession of property obtained by crime.
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Our Bureau of Investigation has carried out in recent days the verification of the criminal records of the 625 candidates from the five parties represented in the National Assembly.
All these formations have in their ranks at least one candidate who holds a conviction for impaired driving. Québec solidaire and the Liberal Party also welcomed repeat offenders.
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Philippe Pagé, candidate for Québec solidaire in Richmond, was arrested for drunk driving twice in the same year, in April and July 2008. He was in his twenties. The mayor of Saint-Camille admitted his guilt to both charges in 2010.
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Philippe Pagé candidate for Québec solidaire in the riding of Richmond.
His colleague in Nicolet-Bécancour, Jacques Thériault Watso, 48, was charged with impaired driving on three occasions in 2001. He was found guilty in two of these cases and was acquitted in the third.
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Jacques Theriault Watso
“These are incidents that all took place more than 10 years ago,” reacted Gabrielle Arguin, press officer for QS.
She assures us that these individuals voluntarily disclosed this information when filing their applications and that they have since “changed their lifestyle”.
Also at the PLQ
Note that Jacques Thériault Watso faces in his riding the Liberal candidate Marie-Josée Jacques, who was also found guilty of impaired driving, in addition to having refused to submit to a breathalyzer, in 2005. She had then 34 years old.
Liberal candidate Marie-Josée Jacques has twice been convicted of impaired driving.
It was a second offense for the representative of the Liberal Party, also convicted of drunk driving in 1992.
In a written statement, Mr.me Jacques says she regrets having made these “reprehensible mistakes” when she was young.
“I became aware of the seriousness of my acts and at the time I went to the end of the education program which aims to make drivers aware of consumption problems,” she added.
Philippe Pagé, Jacques Thériault Watso and Marie-Josée Jacques were fined a few hundred dollars after committing their offences.
twice the limit
At least ten other candidates have been convicted on a single occasion of impaired driving.
In Saint-Jérôme, in particular, the representative of the Parti Québécois Sandrine Michon, 32, was pinned while driving with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, in 2012.
Parti Québécois candidate Sandrine Michon has a single record in similar matters.
The special education teacher was fined $1,200.
“Mme Michon told us it was a childhood mistake that she regretted a lot […] It’s really important for her now to explain to young people not to do what she did, ”explained the president of the party, Jocelyn Caron.
NUMBER OF CANDIDATES CONVICTED OF IMPAIRMENT, BY PARTY
- Conservative party 5
- Solidarity Quebec 3
- liberal party 2
- Parti Quebecois 2
- Coalition Future Quebec 1
In addition, Liberal candidate Sylvain Lemieux, in Côte-du-Sud, pleaded guilty to three charges of concealment, for events dating back to 2005, 2008 and 2014.
Owner of a garage, he would have found himself in possession of property obtained by crime, namely trailers which had previously been declared stolen, according to our information. Mr. Lemieux did not face any theft charges.
He was ordered to pay fines of $750 on each count.
Us Bureau of Investigation attempted to reach Sylvain Lemieux on Tuesday, to no avail. The Liberal Party sent us a statement in writing on Wednesday.
“At the time, I had not taken all the necessary means to avoid this situation and I should have been more vigilant. It was not at all my intention to break the law. Since that incident, I have learned a lot from my mistakes. I paid the fines and above all I improved the verification procedures in my company to ensure that this does not happen again, ”stated the candidate.