Ex-cabinet minister Tomassi opts for judge and jury trial
Quebec Family Minister Tony Tomassi announces new rules for daycare centre Monday April 26, 2010 at the provincial legislature in Quebec City. (Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2012 9:44PM EDT
QUEBEC - A former minister in the Quebec government has opted to have his fraud trial heard by a judge and jury.
Lawyers for former Family minister Tony Tomassi waived his right to a preliminary hearing during a court session in Quebec City.
The trial date will be set on Dec. 3.
The ex-Family minister was forced to resign in 2010 after reports surfaced he had been using a credit card provided by a company that had received millions in government grants.
Tomassi faces charges of fraud and breach of trust stemming from accusations he accepted material rewards from the company.
There were also allegations of cronyism in the awarding of day care contracts while he was family minister but Premier Jean Charest defended him against Opposition attacks.