The Coalition Avenir Québec excluded Samson from its caucus Tuesday night after learning that the Iberville MNA allegedly made a donation to the Conservative Party of Eric Duhaime.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Samson had been in talks with the Quebec Conservative Party for several weeks. The announcement of her arrival at the PCQ would be imminent.
A source familiar with the matter told Westphalian Times that Samson was dissatisfied with the Legault government and its poor management of the pandemic: “She was very dissatisfied with the premier’s leadership and with the government’s arrogance.”
Westphalian Times also learned that Samson disliked the Legault government’s inaction in the face of Minister Fitzgibbon’s repeated ethical lapses: “[Claire Samson] also had a bad feeling about tolerating Minister Fitzgibbon’s ethical lapses for so long. “
Pierre Fitzgibbon was Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade from 2018 until 2021. He was found in violation of the Ethics Code by the Ethics commissioner four times. Premier Legault minimized the seriousness of the offences, and when given the choice between selling his stake in two companies close to the government or resigning, Fitzgibbon chose to resign.
If Claire Samson decides to leave the Coalition Avenir Québec and join the Conservative Party of Quebec, Éric Duhaime’s party would finally have a presence in the National Assembly, a first in the party’s history.
François Legault’s party accused the Conservatives of “rejecting science.
“We cannot tolerate that a member financially supports another political party that challenges and rejects the science and health measures in place,” reads a statement from the Coalition Avenir Québec.
More details will follow.