Corruption inquiry on hold during Quebec election campaign

Quebec's corruption inquiry says it will suspend its hearings during the provincial election campaign after next week.

Charbonneau Commission insists it is politically neutral, will not sit before April 8

Justice France Charbonneau presides over Quebec's corruption inquiry. The commission insists it is politically neutral and as such, will suspend its hearings during the course of the election campaign.

Quebec's corruption inquiry says it will suspend its hearings during the provincial election campaign after next week.

A statement from commissioners at the Charbonneau inquiry says it would be inappropriate to hold public hearings during the campaign leading to the April 7 vote.

The commission insists it is politically neutral and wants to stay far away from the political arena.

It will temporarily set aside potentially sensitive subjects such as political party financing and contracts involving the provincial transport department.

Hearings scheduled for next week will focus on areas where the commission wishes to complete its work — fraudulent billing and the infiltration of organized crime into the construction industry.

After that, it will take a break until April 8.