How much do the mayoralty candidates make? Lapierre: "Who cares?!"
All four mayoralty candidates agreed to publish their financial books in La Presse Wednesday morning.
The highest salary starts with Marcel Côté who earned $406 783,90 as a consultant and economist, followed by Mélanie Joly who made $220 860 as the assistant director of Cohn & Wolfe PR firm.
Denis Coderre earned $187 067,84 as federal MP and Richard Bergeron took home $59 153,10 as a city councillor.
The candidates say they agreed to publicize the information out of transparency. But Jean Lapierre, CJAD's political analyst, says the newspaper went too far and the information is totally irrelevant.
“Those numbers don’t give us any indication what so ever, it’s pure curiosity and frankly I don’t see how the numbers will help voters make a decision on who can run the city," he said.
“You can be the poorest person and have the best talent, or you can be the richest person and be stupid.”
The books also showed how much candidates gave to charities: Côté gave 14% of his salary, Joly gave close to 2%, Coderre gave 0.5% and Bergeron gave nothing.
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