It seems management at the company that runs the troubled Bixi bike-sharing system paid themselves, and all of their employees bonuses back in December, just weeks before filing for bankruptcy protection, claiming debts of close to $50 million.
Tuesday morning, the leader of the opposition at Montreal City Council, Projet Montreal's Marc-André Gadoury, says he got an anonymous letter informing him the company paid out the bonuses — which amounted to anywhere from $223,000 to $275,000, split among the company's 38 employees.
Gadoury asked the mayor if he was aware of the payouts. Coderre says, he got the same letter, and said he was "shocked" and "troubled" by the story.
"If it's true, it's maddening," Coderre told council. "As a creditor, we will get answers. If there was something done that shouldn't have been done, there will be consequences."
Of the $50 million owed by the company, $38 million is owed to the city of Montreal.
The interim CEO of the company, Michel Philibert, says bonuses were indeed paid out, saying they were part of what the employees were contractually entitled to.