CAQ MNAs vote to block whistleblower from being heard by committee

Agronomist Louis Robert was fired by the Agriculture ministry after denouncing what he felt was the influence of the pesticide industry on research.

Quebec Agriculture Minister André Lamontagne has admitted he made a mistake by involving himself in the firing of a whistleblower. Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Coalition Avenir Québec MNAs on Quebec’s Committee on Institutions voted on Thursday not to hear from whistleblower Louis Robert.

Independent MNA Guy Ouellette had put forward a motion to hear from the agronomist, who was fired by the Agriculture Ministry in January after denouncing the influence of the pesticide industry on research.

Opposition members of the committee supported the motion but were outvoted by the CAQ majority, leading Liberal MNA Gaétan Barrette to express his disappointment with the decision.

Another vote — this time on the agriculture committee — is expected later on Thursday. Parti Québécois MNA Sylvain Roy is seeking to have the committee examine the issue of pesticides and their effects on health and food. The CAQ also holds a majority on that committee.





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