Uranium, asbestos, metros and a boat colour campaign quarrels
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012 1:55PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:41PM EDT
MONTREAL - The three major parties were out hustling for votes on day 29 of the election campaign, but it was one of the smaller groups that was on the attack Wednesday.
The tiny Quebec Solidaire was on the offensive against the Liberals’ Northern Plan, which, it says, involves inadequately disclosed plans to mine uranium.
QS co-spokesman and Mercier MNA Amir Khadir said that the extension of Highway 167, financed mostly by the province, is aimed at helping extract and transport uranium, as is a railroad to Kuujjuaq, partially funded by the Caisse de depot.
Khadir argued that the Liberals have presented the Northern Plan as a method to mine gold and diamonds as well as other safer goods.
More Accurso accusations
The Liberals were also under attack by claims that some of its cabinet ministers had taken rides on the boat owned by controversial construction magnate Tony Accurso, a charge made by CAQ candidate Jacques Duchesneau that Premier Charest categorically denied Wednesday.
Duchesneau made the comments on a radio interview Wednesday morning.
It was not the first time such claims were made and Charest has said that he has personally checked with his ministers and all denied having visited the famous watercraft.
Charest defends asbestos
Liberal leader Jean Charest was in Asbestos Wednesday to visit the Jeffrey asbestos mine, which his party had supported with a $58 million loan.
The Parti Quebecois has vowed to rescind the loan if given the chance.
CAQ leader Francois Legault has also said he would abolish asbestos mining.
Charest has said that those two positions are “opportunistic.”
Lisee interrogates Legault
Meanwhile Wednesday morning PQ candidate for Rosemount Jean-Francois Lisee crashed a CAQ press conference at a business meeting in Montreal's east end.
Lisee came to the microphone during a question period and to ask a question.
CAQ leader Francois Legault asked Lisee if he was part of the business community.
Lisee said that a metro extension in Rosemont is a big priority for local mayors, while Legault was championing a regional train.
Legault said he is open to both possibilities and will study them in full, but that an above-ground train is much less costly.
-With files from The Canadian Press