These Quebecers that “shine” abroad

Ces Québécois qui «brillent» à l’étranger

This is not a chronic stress Quebecers who we are really honour on the international scene. People like Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who is preparing to compete in the Super Bowl, or the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, or even Joanne Liu, who was until recently president of Doctors without borders.

No, rather, it is a chronicle that puts the spotlight on Quebec who have distinguished themselves internationally for their use of questionable value for taxpayers ‘ money.

Take the ex-delegate of Quebec, Los Angeles, Elizabeth MacKay. This former employee in the cabinets of liberals was sent out under the hot sun of California in 2015 by the government of Philippe Couillard.

A job for which she was handsomely paid (170 000 $ per year). Even when she lost her position of delegate, last summer, it has retained this salary, and obtained another government post on the california coast.

Resignation after our calls

Except that our journalist Nicholas Lachance has discovered that Mrs. MacKay has managed to establish and run, in parallel, a translation company which also provides consulting services to american companies wishing to expand their activities in Quebec.

How was she able to reconcile the functions of chief financial officer of a private business with employment of the top full-time employee ? The government of Québec had no idea, because he has learned the double employment of Ms. MacKay… when he was questioned by our reporter !

Elizabeth MacKay was quickly resigned from his position in the company private after the calls to our Office of investigation. She is also more for the quebec State. But don’t worry about it. Quebec will continue to pay until June 11, 2020. She had seven months of accumulated vacation, you see…

Out of sight

In recent years, our Bureau of investigation has listed several cases where your money has been spent unfairly abroad, far away from snow banks grey Longueuil, and of the cold winds of the boulevard René-Lévesque blvd in the Old Capital.

  • The 11 mysterious travel to Benin from Philippe Sauvageau, the ex-boss of the Salon du livre de Québec. Mr. Sauvageau has told Radio-Canada last week that he had paid for these trips out of his pocket, but the new chairman of the board of the Salon, John R. Porter, and was assured this week that it is the organization, largely financed by the taxpayers, who paid.
  • The renovation of the ex-secretary general of the Francophonie , Michaëlle Jean, in her paris apartment, which cost half a million $. Grand Piano $ 20,000 included.
  • Even Jacques Chagnon, the ex-president of the national Assembly, acknowledged that he “paid for the treats” to the elect whom he would in a mission abroad. The more the merrier, the merrier.

It is spent in the vicinity of the Arc de Triomphe, under the California sun or to Drummondville, the money of Quebecers still deserves to be managed with care. If you are witness of cases of inappropriate use of public funds, please write to us at

We will investigate the situation.

Jean-Louis Fortin, Director of the Bureau of investigation

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