Coalition party member suspended from caucus amid illegal financing allegations

QUEBEC - Quebec's Coalition party has suspended one of its legislature members amid allegations of illegal financing while he was in municipal politics.

Leader Francois Legault says he has suspended Daniel Ratthe after being told Ratthe had met today with investigators from the Charbonneau Commission looking into corruption in Quebec's construction industry.

Legault says a witness at the commission is expected to testify today concerning allegations an organizer for Ratthe received cash during Ratthe's bid to become mayor of the Quebec town of Blainville in 2005.

Ratthe was defeated but was elected to the legislature under the Parti Quebecois banner in 2008.

He joined the Coalition party in 2012.