Mr. Speaker, at the Power Corporation stockholders' meeting, chairman of the board and CEO Paul Desmarais, who is also the father-in-law of the Prime Minister's daughter, said that, in the current circumstances, it was not in his corporation's best interest to invest in Quebec.
We learned at the same time that Power Corporation had increased its stake in Southam, which is about to build a $55 million printing plant for the Gazette . Bloc members deplore this blackmail campaign aimed at Quebecers on the eve of the referendum campaign.
Everyone knows that, because of its influence, its family ties, and the professional past of its senior executives, Power Corporation has benefited from orders-in-council regarding satellite broadcasting that were custom-made for one of its subsidiaries, Power DirecTv.
Are we to understand from Mr. Desmarais's declarations that he is now returning the Liberal government's favour?