Premier says she'd take the chopper again

Marois arrives in Shawinigan
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Pauline Marois says she did nothing wrong when she was shuttled in a helicopter from Montreal to her party's caucus meeting in Shawinigan.

"If I had to go back and re-do it, I would," the premier said, adding that she had been very busy with meetings in Montreal, and had no choice but to fly.

Both the CAQ and the Liberals have severely criticized the trip for the expense, especially since Marois had been making funding announcements, which some believe are meant to boost her election chances.

Jean-François Lisée says the opposition is desperate.

"For the first time since Jean Lesage, the prime minister of Quebec does not have a plane at his or her disposal to go from Quebec to Montreal and elsewhere." Lisée says Marois drives most of the time and that her travel costs are cheaper overall as a result.

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  1. clint posted on 02/06/2014 06:17 PM
    Relax Pauline....your not Queen yet.
    After your coronation you will be able to use taxpayers money for whatever you (and your husband) want.
  2. Sam posted on 02/06/2014 08:07 PM
    Who's surprised? Certainly none who remember the incredibly expensive bathroom and toilet facilities she had built in her ministerial office when she was merely a cabinet minister , complete with a silent flushing "Marois". For some Quebecers, the economy is just fine the way it is. As our million dollar premiere is prone to say ... we have no lessons to learn. How much was that toilet? How much was that helicopter ride? How much is that dogie in the window?
  3. Drew posted on 02/07/2014 12:15 AM
    There is nothing wrong because we paid for it.
  4. Joseph posted on 02/07/2014 06:37 AM
    With all the hot air she puts out, she should travel by a Hot Air Blimp.
  5. Derek Head posted on 02/07/2014 07:58 AM
    I can live with her taking the chopper but I have a problem with the six other riding with her!. They could have used a 4 seater which costs much less than a huge 8 seater Bell Helicopter.
  6. LMAO posted on 02/07/2014 08:46 AM
    "If I had to go back and re-do it, I would," the premier said, adding that she had been very busy with meetings in Montreal, and had no choice but to fly.

    The cost of flying choppers is thousands of dollars an hour and with old folks lying in hospital hallways from lack of funding. What a slap in the face for Quebecor's. She could easily have taken a car ride and worked while she was driving.
  7. Really posted on 02/07/2014 11:05 AM
    We should have Police for the Politicians. These expenses are on our backs.
    Yes after working 60 hours a week, we just want Pauline to have it easier.
  8. joeN posted on 02/07/2014 12:04 PM
    Is the FTQ paying for this as part their deal? Or will this being paid by some other Quebec corporation affiliated withe Marois's husband hoping to get government contracts?
  9. sam posted on 02/07/2014 01:15 PM
    When the power elite use our tax dollars to avoid the problems of normal citizens, eg. underfunded and mismanaged roads and crumbling infrastructure, public schools, public healthcare etc.; the population is doomed. The roads look smooth and clear from the vantage point of a helicopter. The public schools are fine when your kids go to subsidized private schools, and the healthcare system is fine if you use the best tier of a two or three tier system. Marois' LuftLimo is shameful while public healthcare is in shameful condition. Remember her six figure private bathroom renovation in her government office while minister? Remember the silent marois? This is Quebec's fearless misleader
  10. bob posted on 02/07/2014 05:09 PM
    I wonder if she will say the same thing if the Lieutenant governor of Quebec will take a helicopter ride just to attend a meeting.

    I guess she is above the law and we are all ok with it.
  11. More BS posted on 02/08/2014 07:11 AM
    Head in the clouds indeed.
  12. sam posted on 02/08/2014 03:52 PM
    "Jean-François Lisée says the opposition is desperate." Actually the tax paying Quebecers are desperate. Is that what he means? The Quebecer waiting in a hospital emergency ward hallway or looking for a family doctor is desperate. Is that who he means? The Quebecer without a pricey private tier healthcare clinic waiting for an essential procedure is desperate. Is that to whom Lisée is referring?
  13. Arch posted on 02/14/2014 12:18 AM
    Marois jet trip is small potatoes . Alberta's premier Redford spent $45,000 on a trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's funeral at taxpayers expense. Now that's real spending.
  14. George73 posted on 02/14/2014 04:02 PM
    Why does Lisee do the talking for all ministers incl. her majesty? Is it because he is the most deft at speaking from two faces at the same time?

    Gotta wonder what deal he gets. Always having to defend the indefensible. If he was in a federal governemnent, guess he'd be one of the stooges wheeled out on CBCs Power and Politics as some deputy of something or other. You know, the ones that have to enunciate the crap, even when they know its crap.
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