MONTREAL - Parti Quebcois Leader Pauline Marois got testy Wednesday when questioned about a visit by anti-corruption investigators to her party's offices.
Marois was responding to reporter questions about party officials who were questioned by the UPAC squad.
She said investigators were simply asking for information, compared to UPAC's search-and-seizure operation at a Quebec Liberal Party office last summer.
"I will never accept a comparison between the Liberal Party and the Parti Quebecois in terms of funding or awarding contracts," Marois said, her tone rising slightly.
"It was the Liberal Party that was searched after a warrant application to a judge. We are not talking about the same thing for the Parti Quebecois."
The PQ revealed its brush with investigators on Tuesday after getting word that a media organization was about to break the story.
Separatists said two party directors met with UPAC "to explain its structure and financing methods."
"The Parti Quebecois has not been subjected to any search, had no further meetings with investigators and no documents were requested," the PQ said in a statement.
Ironically, the PQ revealed its meeting with UPAC just a few hours after it filed a complaint with the chief returning officer over last year's raid on the Liberals.
At issue is a Liberal event in which $428,000 was raised. The PQ says it can't find any trace of the money in Liberal financial statements.
Marois has intensified her attacks on the Liberals' corruption record, which includes the arrest of former cabinet minister Tony Tomassi for fraud and breach of trust.
- With files from Sarah Belisle