Union goes to court to keep electronic surveillance out of Charbonneau Commission
Former Quebec Federation of Labour (FTQ) president Michel Arsenault is seen in this CP file photo from January 30, 2013.
Published Thursday, October 3, 2013 9:52PM EDT
The Solidarity Fund QFL is still trying to keep tapes of its leaders out of the Charbonneau Commission hearings.
The union filed a motion in Superior Court on Thursday in the aim of preventing the Charbonneau Commission from hearing evidence based on electronic surveillance made of some of its leaders.
The appeal is an attempt to reverse a decision made Monday by the Charbonneau Commission, which has deemed that the recordings should not be suppressed.
The application for judicial review will be reviewed Friday, according to fund spokesman, Patrick McQuilken.
Lawyer Jean-Claude Hébert will again fight to keep the wiretaps and video surveillance tapes away from public scrutiny, as he argues the case at the Superior Court hearing.
Justice France Charbonneau noted Monday that, “the use of intercepted communications can be particularly effective to mitigate the sometimes-harmful effects of the passage of time on the memory.”
Only recordings relating to professional union business should be presented, according to Charbonneau's decree.
The legal motion was filed by the Solidarity Fund QFL, the president of the FTQ and president of the board of the Solidarity Fund, Michel Arsenault and the former president of SOLIM, the real estate arm of the fund, Guy Gionet, according to McQuilken.
The surveillance has not resulted in any criminal charges.