No chauffeur for new Quebec delegate-general

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.

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  1. bob lisser posted on 02/10/2014 11:19 AM
    what "business climate" is Ms. Poirier referring to? There is a NO BUSINESS climate in Quebec at this time.
    The determination expressed by the current government there to alienate any thing "not Quebecois" which means anything not French Canadian---has been most effective in discouraging any investor-particular in these markets where globally more desirable and inviting environments are inviting interest.
    Hopefully Ms. Poireier will get to bring the wake-up call back home to her Premier.
  2. maria posted on 02/10/2014 11:58 AM
    I am curious to know what did she answer when asked about the business climate in quebec,
    I presume she said the truth and told them how bad it is because of the P.Q.'s language policies and the P.Q.'s proposal of the charter of values, and Quebec's huge Debt, She can not possibly tell them otherwise because that would be a blatant lie!!! I don't understand
    why does the P.Q. have a delegate general in New York, what is the purpose of this, do they realize that they have to speak english, and they may have to actually do business
    with Kippa wearing business men.??? How would they handle that.?? But like alot of what the P.Q. does , it is a total waste of OUR Money!!
  3. Joseph posted on 02/10/2014 01:06 PM
    She has a good chance of getting mugged.
    1. joeN posted on 02/10/2014 02:46 PM
      @Joseph Manahattan is actually safer and cleaner than Montreal.
  4. Joe posted on 02/10/2014 01:37 PM
    Great we are saving a bundle better still abolish the position altogether and stop duplicating what Canada does, after all we are a province in the country, so we as tax paying citizens do no have pay double the taxes.
    1. LMAO posted on 02/10/2014 03:46 PM
      @Joe I think they sold the car tp pay the helicopter taxi ride bill.
  5. Drew posted on 02/10/2014 03:06 PM
    She forgot to mention she will borrow the Queen's helicopter
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