After accusations of favouritism, Pauline Marois backtracks on appointment of Andre Boisclair

by The Canadian Press

QUEBEC – Premier Pauline Marois is backtracking on her government’s decision to give former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair a lucrative government job.

The Marois government announced in early November that Boisclair had become Quebec’s delegate-general to New York.

It then emerged this week that Boisclair had also been named assistant deputy minister in the International Relations Department.

News of the assistant deputy-minister position sparked outrage among political pundits and opposition parties.

Some people accused the government of favouritism and ”indecency” at a time when Quebecers are being told to tighten their belts.

Marois told a news conference in Quebec City today that because of the controversy Boisclair will no longer take the job in the International Relations Department. He will keep his position in New York.

Marois says she decided to act swiftly because she didn’t want her government attacked on ethical questions.

Had he kept the two jobs, the 46-year-old Boisclair would have been guaranteed an annual salary of $170,000 and been able to start taking his full pension at the age of 55.




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After accusations of favouritism, Pauline Marois backtracks on appointment of Andre Boisclair

  1. Seriously? Governments still have non-union positions that allow for full pensions at age of 55? The appointment of someone new to a position would be the opportune time to deal with this extravagance. Sadly, the PQ seems more concerned with “other issues”.

    [I said 'non-union' because in the case of unions there are contracts that provide for this and thus can't be immediately waived away. It's not because I think for a micro-second that there should public sector union positions providing for a full pension at 55]

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