Jean Charest, Quebecs Premiere of the province has admitted needing two jobs to get by,(hard times & all) but he really should disclose the third job as janitor,because he seems to be cleaning up rather well,(aside from the inside information & other bribes ) .
QUEBEC – The National Assembly ended on a sour note yesterday with Premier Jean Charest justifying his $75,000 second salary.
The Quebec Liberal Party pays Charest the money on top of his $175,045 salary as premier.
"That has nothing to do with it," a testy Charest said when reporters asked whether there is a link between the $75,000 and his refusal to call a public inquiry into the construction industry.
Reporters had suggested he was protecting donors to his party.
Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois said Charest is accountable to all Quebecers, not to his party.
"Your salary has to come from the government of Quebec, not the Quebec Liberal Party," she said, adding that if Charest doesn't think he is paid enough, she is willing to discuss the salary issue.
Marois was not the only woman in a leading role in the National Assembly this session.
Sylvie Roy became interim leader of Action démocratique du Québec and is now her party's House leader.
Roy noted, summing up the work of the ADQ this session, that she was the first to call in April for a public inquiry into Quebec's construction industry.
On the government side, Transport Minister Julie Boulet found herself in the spotlight as Marois and Roy kept up pressure for a public inquiry, focusing on the billions of dollars in construction contracts Boulet is responsible for.
And Michelle Courchesne, until last year Quebec's family minister, defended her record in awarding private daycare places.
The PQ alleged favouritism in granting those places, noting that private daycare operators, awarded subsidized $7-a-day daycare places, also gave to the Quebec Liberals and in some cases were Liberal organizers.
Nathalie Normandeau, as natural resources minister and Quebec's deputy premier, is responsible for the Plan du Nord. The development plan has divided native communities and the PQ complains its goals remain vague.
In October, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Quebec must re-write Bill 104, meant to stop private transition schools. Before Bill 104, students not qualified to attend English schools could enter public English schools after one year in a private, unsubsidized English school.
Language Minister Christine St-Pierre and Justice Minister Kathleen Weil were given the task of answering the high court decision.
As well, Carole Poirier, the PQ MNA for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, faced off with Immigration Minister Yolande James on the issue of reasonable accommodation.
The government is heading into a showdown with the 475,000-member common front of public-sector workers, 56 per cent of whom are women.
On the government side is Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, who as Treasury Board president holds Quebec's purse strings.