Health minister Gaetan Barrette is coming to the defence of one of his predecessors, Yves Bolduc — after he was in turn attacked by another one of his predecessors, Claude Castonguay.
Castonguay, the Liberal health minister in the 1970s who's considered the father of the Quebec medicare system, criticized Bolduc for raking in $215,000 in bonuses while he was an opposition MNA in 2012 and 2013, while he took on patients as a family doctor.
Barrette says it was very possible for Bolduc to keep track of close to 1,500 patients while sitting as an opposition MNA, as he did for 19 months. Barrette also dismissed as "nonsense" a demand by Castonguay that Bolduc be forced out of cabinet because of the bonuses.
Bolduc, the current education minister who held the health portfolio under Jean Charest, created that system of bonuses himself in an attempt to relieve the chronic family doctor shortage in the province.