People were lining up to defend their reputations Wednesday amid the torrent of allegations swirling around in Quebec, where a corruption inquiry has rattled the political system.
The devastating testimony heard so far has dented reputations in Montreal, in different parts of Quebec, and it has also left its mark on the federal scene.
People have begun fighting back on multiple fronts: At the federal level, the provincial level, the municipal level, a provincial agency and at the inquiry itself.
In Ottawa, Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos distanced himself from one of the people accused of wrongdoing in the testimony.
Housakos told reporters he never urged anyone in the Harper government to have Robert Abdallah appointed as the head of the Port of Montreal. He confirmed that he knew Abdallah but said he wasn’t involved in getting the Prime Minister’s Office to promote his ultimately unsuccessful candidacy.