The CAQ appreciates a wave of patronage appointments the liberal before the election

News 15 February, 2018
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    “It’s got to stop the partisan appointments. […] This is unacceptable.”, pleaded the mp caquiste Simon Jolin-Barrette,

    Marc-André Gagnon

    Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:07

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    In addition to condemning the return of Dominique Savoie in a position of the deputy minister, the Coalition avenir Québec deplores two patronage appointments the liberal endorsed on Wednesday by the cabinet of Philippe Couillard.

    “It’s got to stop the partisan appointments. […] This is unacceptable. Quebecers are tanned, are tired of this kind of back elevator-here,” argued the mp caquiste Simon Jolin-Barrette, on Thursday morning.

    The spokesperson caquiste in the field of justice, which considers that Ms. Savoy does not deserve to return to a position of the deputy minister, especially against the nominations of two other people in the “past liberal well-known” that have been made on Wednesday.

    So, starting next Monday, François Émond, the current head of the cabinet of the president of the treasury Board, Pierre Arcand, will become commissioner at the Régie de l’énergie.

    Maraine Gervais Cloutier, an accountant who has worked from 2014 to 2016 the county office of the liberal mp from Hull, Maryse Gaudreault, for its part, has been named a member of the Office des professions du Québec by the council of ministers of the government of Couillard.

    A “prelude”

    “This is a prelude to a wave of appointments that we presume will happen over the next few weeks, before the elections,” denounced the deputy caquiste of Borduas.

    Mr. Jolin-Barrette, find the situation particularly worrying in respect of Mr. Émond, who works in the ministers ‘ offices, liberal for over 15 years.

    In particular, he was director of cabinet of the minister of natural Resources, until Pierre Arcand, is appointed to the treasury Board.

    The QAC sees this as a problem of judicial independence. “The Régie de l’énergie is an administrative tribunal, recalled the deputy caquiste of Borduas. […] It is in charge to settle the disputes between the government to fix the rate at the level of the Régie de l’énergie. We find ourselves in a situation where someone who was director of the cabinet will be sitting on the bench on the other side, to be decided in function of the increase in [rates] that is requested by the government of Quebec. This is unacceptable.”