For­mer Marois aide pleads guilty in fraud case

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A for­mer po­lit­i­cal aide to ex-Que­bec pre­mier Pauline Marois has pleaded guilty to coun­selling a crim­i­nal of­fence that was not com­mit­ted. Ernest Mur­ray was part of a group of seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing for­mer deputy Que­bec pre­mier Nathalie Nor­man­deau, who were ar­rested in 2016 and charged with fraud-re­lated of­fences. Mur­ray pleaded guilty Fri­day to send­ing an email to an en­gi­neer­ing firm with names of peo­ple he claimed were will­ing to be used in a scheme to vi­o­late cam­paign fi­nance laws. Nor­man­deau and five other co-ac­cused in the case were not per­mit­ted to have a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry and will head straight to trial.

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