Quebec's new delegate-general to New York has been on the job just a week but she has made a major change. She is giving up her chauffeur.
Former journalist Dominique Poirier says the delegate-general's official car will be sold and the parking space let go.
She told the Journal de Montreal that she'll get around like many ordinary New Yorkers do: by walking, taking the subway or hailing a taxi. For trips to New York's state capital in Albany, she intends to use the train.
Poirier is replacing former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair who stepped down in order to defend himself against an allegation that his cocaine use years ago brought him into contact with criminals.
She was asked if, during her first week on the job, was found herself fielding a lot of questions about the Marois government's proposed Charter of Values. She replied that the issue hasn't come up yet and that the business people she has spoken to seem more interested at the moment about the business climate in Quebec.