Opposition parties step up the pressure

Dissatisfied with the “aberrant” answers offered by the president of Loto-Quebec, Liberal leader Dominique Anglade demands that the Casino de Montréal remain closed until all light is shed on the issue of money laundering.

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Faced with pressure from all political parties, Loto-Québec CEO Lynne Roiter, who initially refused to answer questions from our Bureau of Inquiry on the privileges granted to the Mafiosi who frequent its casinos, is finally out of his silence, Friday.

In an interview with TVA Nouvelles, Mr.me Roiter has practically denied the existence of money laundering by criminals in his casinos.

  • Interview with Lynne Roiter, President and CEO of Loto-Québec

“There are no influential members of the mafia who do money laundering at the casino,” she said, ensuring that the state-owned company follows all the rules and procedures in force.

“Astonishing” according to Anglade

“It’s absolutely astounding to hear that,” reacted the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Dominique Anglade, in an interview with our Parliamentary Bureau.

“It is essential that light be shed on what happened”, reiterated Mme Anglade, for whom the only way to answer the many questions raised by our report remains that of an independent commission of inquiry.

The Liberal leader proposes that the mandate cover, in a broader way, the problem of money laundering in Quebec.

“We must not get into the heads of people that it will last, like the Charbonneau commission, for four years”, insisted Mme Anglade, recalling that several similar exercises in recent years have been carried out in one year. In the meantime, the head of the PLQ believes that the Casino de Montréal, whose activities are currently suspended due to the pandemic, should remain closed, and that, until all the light is shed.

Shed all the light

At the start of the day on Friday, the member for Quebec solidaire Vincent Marissal accused the CEO of Loto-Quebec of having finally made a media release, not to give answers, but because she smelled “hot soup”.

“You can count on us to come back to the charge [avec la demande d’une commission d’enquête], because it is not true that we are going to get by with half-answers, ”he warned.

“It is unbelievable, the response of the CEO of Loto-Quebec was completely insufficient,” commented for his part the leader of the Parti Quebecois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon. “There are people who have voluntarily closed their eyes and they have to pay the price,” he said.

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