No preliminary hearing for Normandeau, co-accused

Former Quebec Deputy Premier Nathalie Normandeau will be heading directly to trial along with her six co-defendants.

All seven face charges of illegal political financing and rigging public contracts. 

The preliminary hearing had been scheduled to take place in early June, but Normandeau's lawyer Maxime Roy says he received a letter from the Crown indicating the case is being fast tracked. The Crown is expected to inform a judge of its decision which could be linked to the Jordan ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada decision that imposes a limit on the amount of time between charges being laid and the beginning of a trial.

Normandeau was among seven individuals arrested in March 2016 by UPAC investigators. They each face up to 14 years in prison, the maximum penalty possible in fraud and corruption cases exceeding $5,000.