Former Marois aide pleads guilty in fraud case
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.