Pierre Karl Péladeau, who oversees the media operations of Quebecor Media and TVA Group as its chair, has been playing footsies with the Parti Québecois for months. So it wasn't shocking to read that the media mogul was leaning towards a run as a candidate for the PQ in the riding of St. Jérome.
Péladeau, the brains behind the conservative all-news channel Sun TV, was, until recently, the chief executive officer of Quebecor Inc., the media conglomorate that includes Sun Media, TVA and Sun TV. He's now vice-chair, after stepping down as CEO earlier this year and now serving as chair of Hydro-Québec.
Speculation about Péladeau's political ambitions ramped up in October, when news leaked out that PQ Quebec Premier Pauline Marois had invited him to participate in meetings of a high-powered cabinet committee involving senior ministers.
In case you weren't familiar with the Parti Québecois, they're the separatists
who are often accused as having xenophic tendencies
(most recently, with its proposed Quebec values charter
). They're the provincial equivalent to the Bloc Québécois, the federal party that fights for Quebec separatism in Ottawa.
After the news report, Quebecor Media issued a brief statement on Tuesday via Twitter, denying the rumour, saying Péladeau "has no intention to run in the next election. The rumor by @PArthurHerald is totally unfounded."
The Sun papers and its all-news channel haven't been shy about their opposition to the PQ's proposed Quebec values charter. Sun columnist and Sun TV personality Brian Lilley called it an "attack on individual rights.
" And Sun TV personality Ezra Levant's record of attacking separatists
and those with "separatist sympathies" is well-established
Looking forward to hard news and straight talk about the PQ, now that the big man says he won't be a PQ candidate for the National Assembly in Quebec City.
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