Marois won't take $181,000 transition payment: report

Up to $3 million made available for outgoing politicians


Whether they were voted out of office, or if they didn’t run in the election, politicians are legally allowed to collect a 'transition payment' from the Quebec government.

The calculation is based on either the person’s salary over the last 12 months, or the highest salary over a period of 36 uninterrupted months worked.

The Journal de Quebec reports that outgoing premier Pauline Marois will not be taking the $181,000 payout she's entitled to.

When Marois left politics for the first time in 2006, she claimed a $128,000 transition payment.

She had promised not to accept a second payout.

Former student leader and now ex-MNA Leo Bureau-Blouin will have access to a $35,000 transition payment, according to the Journal de Montreal. He was only in office for 18 months.

Some other candidates who lost:

  • Yves-Francois Blanchet, PQ: $138,000
  • Bertrand St-Arnaud, PQ: $138,000
  • Fatima Houda-Pepin, ind. : $115,000
  • Luc Ferland, PQ: $110,000
  • Denis Trottier, PQ: $105,500

MNAs are leaving their jobs as MNAs:

  • Marie Malavoy, PQ: $154,000
  • Yolande James, PLQ: $149,500
  • Yvon Marcoux, PLQ: $139,000
  •  Lawrence Bergman, PLQ: $110,000
  • Irvin Pelletier, PQ: $110,000

Leave a comment:

showing all comments · Subscribe to comments
Comment Like
  • 12
  1. Bill posted on 04/09/2014 07:09 AM
    Truly pathetic. Tax payer money going to essentially useless people. And let me guess, do they collect unemployment insurance on the top of this? Let's see if Pauline Marois takes her payment. Being a multimillionaire she would probably want that money to go back to the precious people of Quebec. Ya right!!!!!
    Recap: Marois runs the Quebec economy into the toilet, scares out investment, creates government backed prejudice towards minorities and then sinks 80 million dollars of tax payer money into an election only 18 months after her election for no reason other than personal gain and we punish her by giving her $181,000!!!!
    1. Ralph posted on 04/09/2014 03:23 PM
      @Bill Wow Bill, I've heard of people not reading articles and commenting on them, but it seems you haven't even read the headline! "Marois won't take"... WON'T! As in: will NOT! How did you misread a 6 word sentence?
  2. Juge posted on 04/09/2014 08:08 AM
    This is disgusting. They should get no more than what the regular "joe" gets according to our provincial laws.
  3. Eric posted on 04/09/2014 09:24 AM
    This sickens me. I hope this is put to a stop! Middle class are struggling and money is handed out to these clowns!
  4. Political haven posted on 04/09/2014 09:41 AM
    Why are we paying for politicians in any way anyway? They are RUNNING to be the candidates, which means they are putting themselves in the position. Money, and especially the amount they are getting paid is an incentive in itself which begs a few questions of it's own. They should be doing it for the better of which ever province they are working for. Seriously, politics make me sick... I did not ask them to get in to "power" they seek it. We should be trying to convince those that we admire for doing good jobs for the benefit of the people instead of voting for those that lust for the power.
  5. Terry posted on 04/09/2014 10:03 AM
    And they keep on claiming that they are in politics to serve the public.
  6. earth3rd posted on 04/09/2014 10:12 AM
    It would seem more appropriate to have them all arrested for treason.
  7. First Up Jack posted on 04/09/2014 03:13 PM
    If I lose my job..Nobody gives that kind of deal. Sweet eh. What a stupid thing.
  8. Mike d posted on 04/09/2014 06:07 PM
    Bet Fatima takes the $$$
  9. Birdz posted on 04/09/2014 09:31 PM
    It's nice how we lose our jobs, can't pay our bills and these idiots get this $$$$. Absolutely disgusting...
  10. steve posted on 04/10/2014 10:05 AM
    Tell me what private sector company could afford such a generous undeserved payout?Just stick it to the beleaguered tax payer once again.And they wonder why people have such a poor opinion of politicians.After all the damage they have done it's a bloody disgrace!
  11. Carlo posted on 04/10/2014 11:56 AM
    Recently, the Harper Government rescinded "severance" packages to civil workers who quit or retired from their government positions. BRAVO!!

    In the same vein, all levels of government (federal, provincial, municipal) should follow suit. Most people retire and are lucky enough to get a pension if the company they worked for set up a private pension fund. Other than that, RRSPs and the Gov't pension plans are available to retirees. Severance packages are for workers whose positions have been phased out. TRANSITION payment for 18 months work....come on!

    This needs to go. In the economic climate we are living in right now...we need to do away with gov't workers getting severance packages and bonused for jobs not well-done.
showing all comments

Share this article: