Expect the press-rights case of Globe and Mail reporter Daniel Leblanc — who is ordered to appear in Quebec’s Superior Court to testify about a source in the infamous sponsorship scandal — to make news in coming weeks. Noted a report in the Globe, “Groupe Polygone, one of the companies alleged to have over-billed the government by millions of dollars, wants to ask questions that could identify the person known as Ma chouette.” The Globe quoted Quebec talk-radio host Paul Arcand, whose Montreal show is Puisqu’il faut se lever, saying, “What is bewildering in this story is one of the actors in the sponsorship scandal is trying to send a journalist to jail to avoid justice.”
Refusing to testify could lead to a contempt charge for Leblanc and, at worst, a fine and or jail.
La Presse has several related pieces. La Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec expressed alarm in a news release. A Facebook group, “Soutenons le silence de Daniel Leblanc / Support Daniel Leblanc’s silence,” has ballooned to nearly 3,500 members in the past few days.