The boss of the Unité permanente anti-corruption, Robert Lafrenière, changes his mind and suggests that UPAC could make arrests during the electoral campaign, which will take place in the fall.
However, in December 2017, Mr. Lafrenière had certified that UPAC would not search or arrest during the campaign. He justified this decision by the fact of not wanting to interfere in the democratic process.
Gold Tuesday, on the occasion of the consideration of the estimates of the ministry of public Security, the big boss of the UPAC has changed its stance and now states that the Unité permanente anti-corruption should continue its work and that “it is the application of the law that will prevail”.
Questioned about that by mp pq’s Stéphane Bergeron, M. Lafrenière said that if there was a risk of “losing evidence”, the UPAC was going to make searches or arrests.
The commissioner explained that he was going to ensure that UPAC does not serve as a political tool during the election campaign.
“I may have pushed the boat out a bit far,” agreed Mr. Lafrenière, about a statement that dates back to may of 2017, when he had said that he “had nothing to waxing of the political agenda”. Mr. Lafrenière had held these words during the arrest of Nathalie Normandeau, the day of the budget.
More details to come…