“Before boarding the Québécois” in the adventure of Cirque du Soleil with a loan of US$ 200 MILLION, the government Legault must publish the agreement reached with its major shareholders, claimed the mp solidarity Vincent Marissal.
In the aftermath of the announcement made at full steam by the minister of Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, many questions remain unanswered about the government assistance offered to the Cirque du Soleil, said Mr. Marrisal.
“It lacks a bit of seriousness, especially as it’s been weeks that we know that the circus is in demand. We speak of millions of dollars, at least $ 280 million of public money,” said the member of parliament for Rosemont.
He is concerned that the quebec taxpayers are immersed “in another RONA”, or a misadventure “the Bombardier”, in which billions of public funds have been injected.
A “hidden subsidy”
Even if it militates in favor of a decision-participation in the rescue of the “jewel” that is the Cirque du Soleil, the government must provide taxpayers with more details on that for the moment, is more akin to a “hidden subsidy” as a loan.
“We want to see the famous deal before boarding the Québécois, Quebec in a different adventure, which could be disastrous, costly, ruinous. We want to have the details. This is the least of things, it is a matter of transparency”, claimed Mr. Marissal.
“There’s not a lot of transparency in the announcement which was made yesterday by the minister Fitzgibbon”, said in the same sense, the liberal mp Isabelle Melançon.
Questioned on this subject in the blue Room by Mr. Marissal, the minister Fitzgibbon is committed to making the agreements public, but only when the negotiations with the shareholders and the creditors of the circus will be completed.
The PQ does not see the “emergency”
In the current context of a pandemic, the member pq’s Martin Ouellet not see where the “emergency” for the government to go to the aid of Cirque du Soleil.
“We have plenty of restaurants, lots of merchants who require the assistance of Quebec. This is already the companies of the quebec-owned, and we don’t give them new,” said Mr. Ouellet.
“I have nothing against the jobs of Cirque du Soleil, headquartered in Montreal, but I think that the priority is not there”, believes the parliamentary leader of the Parti québécois.
“I hope that the government also thought that there are super beautiful gems in the circus who are also Quebecers and that will need support. I think the 7 Fingers, I think Éloize, I think here, in Quebec city, Flip Factory”, has stressed to his side the liberal mp for Verdun.