The Liberal candidate for the riding of Côte-du-Sud finds himself in an embarrassing situation. Sylvain Lemieux has been found guilty of concealment three times in the past, but does not intend to withdraw from the race.
In 2014-2015, he pleaded guilty to three charges of concealment worth less than $5,000 and paid the fines related to his convictions. The man, who has his car garage, had stolen parts in his possession. He assured that he did not know the source and that he is now more vigilant.
“I'm not saying it's nothing, but I won't hide for it and I will continue to debate the issues,” explained the main interested party met by TVA Nouvelles at his garage on Wednesday.
The Liberal believes that these situations dating from 2004, 2005 and 2018 are distractions in the campaign. “You can talk about my life all the time, but that won't solve the problem of the issues we currently have here and it's really these issues that have to be brought up,” thinks the businessman.
The Liberal Party knew
Sylvain Lemieux assured that his party, like its leader Dominique Anglade, knew that he had these criminal elements in his past, during his process to become a candidate.
“Following the sincere explanations from Mr. Lemieux and the procedures he has put in place so that this does not happen again, we have decided to continue the process so that he can become a candidate, ”confirmed the director of communications of the party, Maxime Roy.
In his riding, voters believe that he should withdraw from the current election campaign given his criminal record. His opponent from the Conservative Party of Quebec, Frédéric Poulin, is of the same opinion. As for the PQ Michel Forget, he believes that it will be up to the voters to decide.
“They have the choice in the small box on October 3 to decide, I am not starting to debate the circumstances. Somehow you have to learn from your mistakes and I think that's what I did. I paid for my mistakes,” argued Sylvain Lemieux.
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