QUEBEC CITY — Quebec's Liberal leader confirmed Tuesday that anti-corruption investigators raided his party's headquarters this past summer following allegations of illicit financing.
Philippe Couillard said he was not present and was not interviewed by police, but that cops seized boxes of documents.
"We'll wait to see if anyone is charged," Couillard told a news conference. "We will ... make sure that people are held responsible for their actions."
When asked if the party would be prepared to pay back stolen money, he replied "that could be part of taking responsibility."
The party says it's co-operating with an ongoing public inquiry into corruption, and is working with the province's chief returning officer.
Multiple corruption allegations helped to sink the nine-year-old Liberal government last year, clearing the way for the separatist Parti Quebecois to rise to power.
A whistleblower told the Charbonneau Commission last year that the Liberals raised tens of thousands of dollars through illegal contributions from contractors using aliases and false invoicing.
Couillard was a cabinet minister until 2008 and left politics before the allegations came to light.
The former brain surgeon took over the Liberals earlier this year on an anti-corruption pledge, but has still faced numerous questions about alleged corruption that took place under his predecessor, Jean Charest.
The new leader said his party isn't the only one under investigation.
"I don't mean to divert attention to other political parties (but) the same concerns exist and should exist in all parties and all levels of government."