Former Quebec Liberal premier Jean Charest has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Quebec authorities, alleging that his privateness has been violated by the province’s anti-corruption unit.
The lawsuit filed Friday in Montreal seeks $1 million in punitive damages and $50,000 in ethical damages.
Charest mentioned in an announcement that confidential details about him and his household has been leaked to the media.
Charest blamed the leaks on the anti-corruption unit, generally known as UPAC, which has an ongoing investigation into provincial Liberal Celebration financing whereas he was premier, from 2003 to 2012.
“These leaks are unlawful and, furthermore, represent an impediment to justice,” he mentioned.
The previous premier mentioned that he was ready to forgo authorized motion in change for an apology from the federal government, however that his supply was refused.
Earlier this yr, Charest accused UPAC of a “fishing expedition” after he introduced he wouldn’t run for the federal Conservative management.
After Charest stepped down in 2012, a public inquiry heard proof that in his time as premier, the provincial Liberals benefited from hundreds of thousands in unlawful donations.
The anti-corruption unit, which Charest’s authorities created, subsequently opened an investigation into Liberal fundraising practices.
Charest mentioned he is not going to remark additional because the matter is now earlier than the courts.