Friends of the CAQ , also hammered out Pascal Bérubé.
It is a partisan appointment because he is a former CAQ deputy and a former president of the party, he insisted, recalling how Mr. Legault, when he was in opposition, nevertheless denounced partisan appointments.
Does he have any competence that is essential to the government of Quebec? No. It's a classic case of partisan appointment.
The government increased Mr. Le Bouyonnec's annual salary from $197,303 to $228,642 at the start of the year, the PQ MP was pleased to point out.
Recently, the Prime Minister terminated the contract of a Deputy Minister of Education due to controversy, so he still has a decision to make take concerning Mr. Le Bouyonnec, judged Mr. Bérubé, without specifying whether he was talking about dismissing or suspending him.
If [Mr. Legault] does not do it, he will have to prove that, because [Mr. Le Bouyonnec] is the former president of the CAQ, former member of the CAQ and his friend, he is more competent than anyone to occupy a deputy minister position.
In 2018, Quebecor media revealed that Mr. Le Bouyonnec was both a shareholder and chairman of the board of directors of Finabanx. Remember that usurious lending is prohibited in Quebec, so the activities of this company take place in the rest of the country.
He then left his position at the head of Finabanx but had subsequently also given up the presidency of the CAQ and even his candidacy in La Prairie.
He had been elected for the first time in this riding in 2012 for the CAQ. The party founded the previous year presented candidates for the first time.
Mr. Bouyonnec was defeated in the 2014 elections but wanted to regain his seat in the 2018 election until the controversy over his interests in a usurious loan company splashed him.
He served as Associate Secretary General of the Executive Council, the Prime Minister's department, and became Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Cybersecurity and Digital Affairs on October 23, 2023.