Jean-François Lisée to Pierre Karl Péladeau: Dump your Québecor shares
Lisée said even the appearance of conflict of interest a ticking time bomb for Parti Québécois
A meeting convened to set the rules for the next Parti Québécois leadership race has been overshadowed by a public spat between Jean-François Lisée and Pierre Karl Péladeau — specifically over Péladeau’s shares in Québecor.
Lisée and Péladeau are both MNAs and are considered strong contenders for the PQ leadership race.
He said the time has come for Péladeau, who is Québecor’s majority shareholder, to choose between politics and being a media mogul.
Québecor owns telecommunications company Videotron, as well as a number of newspapers, magazines and other news outlets. The organization posted gross sales of nearly $4.3 billion in 2013.
Péladeau refused to address the issue yesterday — except on Facebook, where he said he would not sell the Québecor shares left to him by his late father and the founder of Québecor, Pierre Péladeau.
He later made the same statement on Saturday during the PQ meeting in Sherbrooke, Que.