Ceiling Commission | PQ wants access to the archives at the No camp
(Montreal) The Parti Québécois wants to know what is hidden in the archives of the Grenier Commission, which investigated the financing of the “No” camp during the 1995 referendum, and is asking the Legault government to declassify all the documents still in day is subject to a publication ban.
In a press release published on Monday, National Patriots’ Day, the leader of the sovereignist formation, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, confirmed that he had obtained a legal opinion confirming that the government of Quebec “can by simple law declassify all information obtained under this study.
“We know that in 1995 tens of thousands of people who did not have the right to vote voted, but we do not know exactly how many millions of dollars were spent illegally on the No side. […] Part of the answer can be found in the testimony and documents of the Grenier Commission,” the party leader said in an interview during the march that took place in Montreal on Monday for National Patriots Day.
“Seeking the truth, just getting the truth, is part of the patriotic drive to serve the common good. Without the truth, without rigorous facts, it is difficult to aim for a just society,” added Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon.
In order to ensure that he receives a concrete answer from the coalition avenir Québec on this matter, the PQ leader intends to present a proposal on this subject in the National Assembly “starting this week”.
“Nevertheless, Judge Grenier made discoveries that remain secret at this time: What the 90 witnesses told him during the closed hearings and more than 4,500 documents they submitted as evidence are stamped with a non-disclosure, non-communication and non-publication. order without time limits, ”laments the Parti Québécois in its letter.
“As far as we know, no document or information is classified as such, except for the most serious state secrets. Why hide such important and specific information? There is no reason not to tell Quebeckers the whole truth about this period in our history when people flouted our basic democratic rules,” also declared in writing. Saint-Pierre Plamondon.
In January 2006, Quebec’s Chief Electoral Officer Commissioner Bernard Grenier mandated an investigation into Option Canada’s activities in the months leading up to the 1995 referendum.
This request followed the publication of the book “Les secrets d’Option Canada”, in which authors Normand Lester and Robin Philpot claimed that Option Canada had incurred expenses during the referendum period in favor of the “No” option. , without declaring these expenses. to the official agent of the “No” Committee.