The Eternal Bonus Fair | The Journal of Quebec

In contrast, the Caquistes were outraged by the bonuses given to the lucky executives of state-owned companies. Why did François Legault wait a few months before the election to be served the same medicine to announce his shaky intention of attending the buffet?

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” [C’est] It is illogical that executives and managers can receive bonuses from taxpayers’ money because they managed to sell them what they have to buy at the SAQ,” MNA François Bonnardel said in August 2015, denouncing “nonsense”. .

The newspaper had just revealed they shared $9.2 million.

Have things changed with the CAQ in power? no

$9.9 million in bonuses to Société des alcools in 2019-2020.

Still the $9.5 million chrome piggy bank for 2020-2021.

CEO Catherine Dagenais confirmed during her annual visit to elected officials on Tuesday that a pot of the same size will be distributed this year.

And that bottle prices would rise again in the coming weeks, after three consecutive increases in 2021 alone.

It’s the Quebecers who foot the bill, and who pay more for the pie shared by the monopoly bigwigs.

Her sales job wasn’t particularly taxing last year, however, when bars and restaurants were closed for many months.

On the Loto-Québec side, there were none in 2020-2021. The eight members of senior management have decided to take their turn again this year, but the executives and employees share between $4 million and $5 million

mirror effect

So this time Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois took on the role of the low-income earner in the Salon bleu.

“It’s an insult to families who are struggling to make it to the end of the month,” he said, imploring François Legault to “stop the party.”

The Prime Minister then timidly came forward, saying he would prefer “that we end the bonuses at some point”.

He explained that it was absolutely necessary to respect the contracts of the hired people, adding that “after the contracts expire, we should gradually stop paying these premiums”.

The next day, the CAQ manager gave the impression that he regretted this half step forward.

Look who’s talking

While Solidarity quizzed him on a different topic, he preferred to take his question about the bonuses to task, implying he wasn’t able to talk about it because of his $129,000 annual salary.

“He knows, it pays to say politically that people in state-owned companies are making far too much money there,” the prime minister told him.

François Legault is precisely a living example of the political gain associated with this positioning, as in June 2015, while denouncing the $22 million to Hydro-Québec, he spoke of “bonuses on taxpayers’ backs that… had price increases”. He said it was “scandalous”.

Today he is prime minister. Nothing more was known about his intentions. A government source speaks of a “reflection” especially for the SAQ and Loto-Québec.

Called for comment, PQ member Martin Ouellet summed up the never-ending cycle of these bonuses for the wealthy by saying that it ” premium as usual “.

The honorary member suggests making it a campaign issue.

Good idea.

Clear commitments are needed.

Because even if it loudly denounced the opposition, the CAQ did not turn off the tap in its first mandate.

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