Mick Jagger boarded Quebec magnate's luxury yacht, corruption probe hears
Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 04:30 pm
MONTREAL - An unlikely name has surfaced at Quebec's corruption probe: that of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
While denying Thursday that any members of the Quebec legislature had ever boarded his luxury yacht, former construction magnate Tony Accurso revealed that the rubber-hipped Glimmer Twin did visit "The Touch."
Accurso didn't say when Jagger made the visit, nor was he asked by members of the Charbonneau Commission to elaborate.
However, he was questioned on whether any elected officials had ever been aboard the vessel.
"No, there were no provincial ministers, no federal ministers, no MPs and no members of the Quebec national assembly," Accurso told the commission.
In particular, he denied the presence of former cabinet minister Tony Tomassi. In June, the former Liberal family minister pleaded guilty to a fraud-related charge involving illegal use of a credit card and was sentenced to community service.
One of Accurso's competitors, Joe Borsellino, testified previously that Tomassi had been on the yacht.
"It's absolutely false," Accurso said under questioning at the inquiry.
His lawyer, Louis Belleau, told the inquiry there was no registry of the people who had spent any time on the yacht.
In later testimony, Accurso confirmed he had particpated in a fundraising cocktail for the Quebec Liberals in 2001. The commission also released a photo showing Accurso hugging Jean Charest, who was Liberal leader at the time. Charest became premier in 2003.
A note on the photo read: "Dear Tony, thanks for the support, All the very best, Jean Charest."
The picture was taken at Accurso's restaurant in Laval, north of Montreal.
He told the inquiry he had been asked to finance the fundraiser but that it was the Liberals who took care of the event at his establishment.
Accurso began testifying Tuesday after commission chair France Charbonneau rejected his bid for a publication ban.
Once the owner of several influential construction companies, Accurso had argued that testifying at the commission would jeopardize his right to a fair trial in pending criminal proceedings.
Accurso faces criminal charges in several municipal corruption cases and is also charged with tax fraud.