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Corruption scandal allegations hang over swearing-in of Quebec Liberals

QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Reports that Quebec's anti-corruption police squad is investigating an elected Liberal member of the legislature cast a shadow over the swearing-in ceremony for the 70 party candidates who were successful in last week's election. Premier-designate Philippe Couillard questioned the accuracy of the Radio-Canada news reports, saying there is "no evidence" the information is accurate. He said he did not know the name of the member in question when pressed by reporters.

Former Quebec deputy premier says she didn't help engineering firm win contract

MONTREAL - Former Liberal deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau is rejecting allegations she helped an engineering firm obtain a lucrative contract to build a water treatment plant in exchange for fundraising donations. Normandeau, who served in the post under Jean Charest, says she is willing to meet with investigators from the Charbonneau Commission corruption inquiry and Quebec's anti-corruption police squad.

Ontario regulator wraps up proceedings against Conrad Black, decision in months

TORONTO - Proceedings held by the Ontario Securities Commission on whether it should go ahead with hearings against Conrad Black wrapped up on Friday. A decision whether a proceeding to determine if Black is banned from participating in Ontario's capital markets, will be released "in the coming months," OSC spokeswoman Aly Vitunski said in an email.

Natural Resources minister says First Nations are integral to any project

MONTREAL - Canada's new Natural Resources minister said First Nations must be an "integral" part of the process for any new energy or mining project. In comments Friday following his first speech in Quebec since taking on the cabinet post March 19, Greg Rickford said that First Nations are at the heart of responsible resource development.

Three Tory staffers interfered in access to information: commissioner

OTTAWA - The Information Commissioner of Canada has found evidence of "systemic interference" with access to information requests by three Conservative staff members, and suggests bringing in the police. But Public Works Minister Diane Finley, who oversees the department where the interference occurred before her time, won't be sending the matter to the Mounties. Her office linked the findings against the three staffers to a related case that did not result in criminal charges.

Three Tory staffers interfered in access to information: commissioner

OTTAWA - The Information Commissioner of Canada has found evidence of "systemic interference" with access to information requests by three Conservative staff members, and suggests the law might have been broken. Suzanne Legault delivered her second report Thursday following an investigation into cases that date back to 2009 in the office of cabinet minister Christian Paradis, who held the Public Works portfolio at the time.

Petrolia boss says he'll honour deal with Quebec to drill for oil on Anticosti

MONTREAL - Premier-designate Philippe Couillard may not be keen on the idea but Petrolia is ready to proceed with the former Parti Quebecois government's deal to explore Anticosti Island. Petrolia (TSX:PEA) president Myron Tetreault said during a speech to a Montreal business group today the oil company would respect agreements recently signed with Pauline Marois's government. Couillard had said during the election campaign he would like to see exploratory drilling suspended until a strategic environmental study could be carried out.

Petrolia boss says he'll honour deal with Quebec to drill for oil on Anticosti

MONTREAL - Premier-designate Philippe Couillard may not be keen on the idea but Petrolia is ready to proceed with the former Parti Quebecois government's deal to explore Anticosti Island. Petrolia (TSX:PEA) president Myron Tetreault said during a speech to a Montreal business group today the oil company would respect agreements recently signed with Pauline Marois's government. Couillard had said during the election campaign he would like to see exploratory drilling suspended until a strategic environmental study could be carried out.

Former PM Brian Mulroney appeals for fearless leadership on resource agenda

OTTAWA - Brian Mulroney says the country needs risk-taking leadership to get domestic oil and gas moving overseas, as well as a plan to work co-operatively and bring Canadians onside. The former Tory prime minister's speech Tuesday, organized by the progressive think-tank Canada 2020, comes as major pipeline projects languish in limbo. They have been stymied largely by opposition from First Nations, environmentalists and ordinary Canadians concerned with the impact on their communities.

Former PM Brian Mulroney appeals for fearless leadership on resource agenda

OTTAWA - Brian Mulroney says the country needs risk-taking leadership to get domestic oil and gas moving overseas, as well as a plan to work co-operatively and bring Canadians onside. The former Tory prime minister's speech Tuesday, organized by the progressive think-tank Canada 2020, comes as major pipeline projects languish in limbo. They have been stymied largely by opposition from First Nations, environmentalists and ordinary Canadians concerned with the impact on their communities.
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