Wednesday, 19 December 2012

BROADWAY'S NEW QUEEN? PLUM POSTING FOR FORMER PQ LEADER ANDRE BOISCLAIR



Quebec’s newly-appointed delegate-general to New York, Andre Boisclair (wearing black suit, standing next to Pauline Marois), attended the Dec. 14 Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal premiere at NYC’s Joyce Theate (Photo courtesy Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal)


Former Parti Quebecois leader Andre Boisclair, Quebec’s newly-appointed delegate-general to New York, attended the Dec. 14 premiere of Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal at NYC’s Joyce Theater with Quebec's current premier Pauline Marois and Louis Robitaille, BJM artistic director.

The event comes just over a week after Boisclair declined his partisan double-posting as assistant deputy minister for International Relations which would have allowed him to remain in the Quebec civil service on a permanent basis even after his delegate-general to New York job ended, with a guaranteed annual salary of $170,000. Boisclair would have then been able to start taking his full pension at the age of 55.

Boisclair reportedly sought permanent status in the civil service because his New York appointment meant he had to renounce his consultancy work. But on Dec. 6, after a public outcry, Marois held a snap news conference to announce that Boisclair was giving up the civil servant position.