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It’s hard to get decent help when you’ve locked out your employees.

A tough lesson for Quebecor whose staff at Le Journal de Québec have been locked out since April.

This week a member of Québec’s National Assembly held a press conference to denounce the paper for lying to her to get an interview.

Péquiste deputy Agnès Maltais was at a Pride Day rally in Québec when a journalist approached her claiming to work for canoe.ca. The interview she granted appeared in the Journal de Québec the next day.

“It’s false representation,” she said.

Meanwhile, the locked out employees, publishing their own newspaper, discovered that Le Journal de Québec was running verbatim press releases from sporting organizations.

Apparently the paper’s sports editors, who once suspended a journalist whose copy even had a whiff of being lifted from somewhere else, are finding it a little tough going without a staff.

The paper ran the first six paragraphs of a press release from a Triple ‘A’ hockey club in its Aug. 26 edition without citing the source.