While the Legault government is preparing to entrust 80% of state data to the private sector, a former Caquist strategist is activating as a lobbyist to help the American giant Oracle to have its share of the pie.
On January 12, Pierre Tremblay, former deputy chief of staff to the Minister of Transport (MTQ), François Bonnardel, from October 18, 2018 to January 3, 2020, registered as a lobbyist for the firm H + K Stratégies, in Quebec , on behalf of Oracle, which is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
In his mandate, Pierre Tremblay says he wants to “present Oracle products to public office holders as part of the state’s digital transformation for data storage services, particularly in cloud computing”.
He mentions that the procedures “do not concern a contract or a specific product, but aim to demonstrate that Oracle products are in line with the objectives of modernizing the government’s IT infrastructure”
In total, the former Caquist strategist aims at three public offices, the Government Acquisitions Center (CAG), Infrastructures Techniques Québec (ITQ) and the Secretariat of the Treasury Board.
In recent days, the Conseil du trésor and Infrastructures Technologies Québec (ITQ) have confirmed in turn to the Newspaper that Pierre Tremblay had attended a meeting on January 12, “as an observer”.
The Treasury Board specified that Pierre Tremblay had never requested meetings with his representatives and that the meeting of January 12 had been requested by two Oracle vice-presidents, Bill Gillam and Sandy Krawchuk.
Joined by The newspaper, Pierre Tremblay refused to grant an interview.
“The description of the mandate is clearly detailed on the Registry of Lobbyists website. I have nothing to add on this subject. In addition, our firm’s policy is very clear, we never discuss our mandates and our clients, ”he limited himself to saying by email.