Quebec Economy and Innovation Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon during question period in Quebec City Feb. 5, 2019.
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Buffeted by controversy and the subject of two investigations, Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon told reporters on Wednesday that if he becomes a problem for the Legault government, he will resign.Visibly irritated as he spoke to reporters in Quebec City, Fitzgibbon was reacting to allegations of favouritism after he named friend and former business partner Guy LeBlanc as head of Investissement Québec, the government’s financial arm.Fitzgibbon was a shareholder and administrator of a vegetable protein company along with Leblanc. Fitzgibbon ended his involvement in the firm last autumn, while Leblanc was named to the government post last week.On Wednesday, Fitzgibbon said that had he known how complicated it was to have holdings in companies while a member of the government, he would have stayed in the private sector.The National Assembly’s ethics commissioner on Tuesday announced an investigation to Leblanc’s nomination by Fitzgibbon as well as his business interest while a member of the government. It’s the second probe to target the minister — an investigation is already under way into Fitzgibbon’s involvement while a minister in the aeronautics sector while still a shareholder in Héroux-Devtek, a major player in the industry.