Boisclair was making $175k to work three days a week

André Boisclair

The Liberals say they've given André Boisclair a second job because the public was paying him a fulltime salary to work only three days a week.

Last December, the former Parti Quebecois leader became the chair of Comex, an environmental review board for the James Bay area.

When a media report revealed that his $175,000 salary was double that of the last person who held that position, the Parti Quebecois said the job had previously been part-time, but would now involve a heavier workload.

But the Liberals say that never happened.

"As a civil servant, he was working only three days a week, at a fixed salary," says Environment minister David Heurtel.

Boisclair will now spend the rest of his work week as a special advisor in the fight against climate change - a role the Liberals announced yesterday.

Heurtel says he will take on the extra two days of work without any extra pay.

PQ applauds

The Parti Quebecois' Environment critic, Sylvain Gaudreault says the deal is a good one both for the Liberals and Boisclair.

He had little to say about Boisclair's six-figure salary for part-time work: "I'm not the one who negotiated Mister Boisclair's working conditions."

Controversies

The latest news is part of a string of questions surrounding Boisclair's job at Comex.

During the election campaign, Le Soleil newspaper reported that Boisclair had no office in Montreal and that he had  "almost never" set foot in the organization's Quebec city headquarters.

The PQ later said he was using office space at Recyc-Quebec.

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  1. jonico posted on 06/27/2014 03:29 PM
    Typical PQ administration. At least now he'll be watched & monitored. He may actually do some good, if not OUT THE DOOR.
  2. ssm posted on 06/27/2014 03:48 PM
    Can't wait till he takes his pensions and starts working on a few Quebec television talk shows.
  3. LMAO posted on 06/27/2014 04:44 PM
    The Liberals say they've given André Boisclair a second job because the public was paying him a fulltime salary to work only three days a week.

    Still sounds like a lot of money for a civil servant to be making when others are struggling to make ends meet. He should be reimbersing us for the weeks he was working short hours.
  4. Marjorie posted on 06/27/2014 05:19 PM
    What???
    I think I'll move to Ontario where I can understand where my tax dollars are wasted.
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