EXCLUSIVE / The radio show hosted by Nathalie Normandeau is no longer shunned by the liberal Party of Quebec. The acting chief Pierre Arcand, will give an interview to the broadcaster and ex-politician on Wednesday.
Ms. Normandeau describes as “great news” the decision of Mr. Arcand to come to the microphone. The interview is scheduled for 12: 30 on the waves BLVD 102,1.
From August 2016, all members of the national Assembly have boycotted his show because of the criminal charges brought against it. A decision she has never understood and digested.
“My charges were very afraid, no doubt, but I believe the members are obliged to follow the principle of presumption of innocence. I’m known to be innocent until the contrary is proved”, she said in an interview in the Sun.
This is Ms. Normandeau, who has sought the interview with Mr. Arcand, elected interim leader of the PLQ last Friday. “I wanted to take the temperature of the water. What was the position of the new chief,” she said. Ms. Normandeau believes that the resignation of the leader Philippe Couillard has been able to change her.
Already, the ex-leader of the PLQ, Jean Charest had given him an interview a few days before the onset of the election campaign, in August. Then, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson of Québec solidaire, had broken the boycott by presenting it to her with a microphone in the beginning of the campaign.
Ms. Normandeau hope that the leaders of the other parties represented in the national Assembly, the CAQ and the PLQ, will also come to talk politics with it in waves, because it says not to use his mic to plead his case.
Arrested by the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) in 2016, Ms. Normandeau is facing charges of conspiracy, bribery, fraud and breach of trust. His trial is suspended until the end of proceedings in the supreme Court on the sources of the Investigative journalist Marie-Maude Denis.
Ms. Normandeau, who was deputy premier of Quebec under Jean Charest, has left the policy in 2011. She began her career as a radio host in 2015 to the FM93. Returned to this station following his arrest by UPAC, Ms. Normandeau has subsequently found a microphone BLVD.
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The interim leader of the PLQ, Pierre Arcand, to the national Assembly, on 5 October
The canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot