Finally a credible explanation about Poeti’s demotion.
Everyone in LaSalle and Verdun have been wondering why Couillard replaced Robert Poeti with Jacques Daoust in the last cabinet shuffle.
“Making room for younger, more diverse people” as a reason defies all logic.
At first, we thought his was his hard stance on Uber, but the government has since taken essentially the same position.
The Journal de Montreal had a few other ideas about what went wrong, but they seemed like small issues for someone who works as hard as Poeti does. The man seemingly doesn’t sleep. Even as a cabinet minister, he frequently attended important local events. Residents of his constituency see him everywhere, and he frequently takes up their causes.
Now we discover from L’Actualité that Poeti was investigating the department of Transport and attempting to improve its governance.
The problems, according to journalist Louis Lacroix, included the impossible situation in which junior employees are supposed to fairly evaluate their bosses without being influenced to modify their reports.
Mais l’ancien secrétaire général du gouvernement, André Dicaire, qui siège au comité d’audit du ministère des Transports, avait eu l’idée de changer la structure en nommant un PCP par région relevant directement du directeur territorial.
«Donc, l’employé se trouve à évaluer son patron sur les conformités de projets ou de contrats qui ont été donnés. J’y voyais un problème», dit M. Poëti.
Lacroix’s story also outlines how former employees obtained their salaries via no-bid contracts.
Par exemple, un ex-employé à la retraite et résidant désormais à Saguenay a été réembauché en 2014 pour travailler au projet de réfection de l’échangeur Turcot… à Montréal. Le contrat consistait à offrir des «services de conseiller expert en gestion de projet pour un mode de réalisation non traditionnel».
Mais plutôt que de lui accorder un salaire de 50 000 dollars, le ministère lui a donné deux contrats de gré à gré de 24 500 dollars, tout juste sous le seuil des appels d’offres, au nom de son entreprise.
Lacroix’s information about UPAC refusing to investigate Transport Ministry employees is well worth reading.
La Presse‘s story included Poeti’s letter to Jacques Daoust asking for explanations about cost overruns, employee behaviour and no-bid contracts awarded by the Transport Ministry that still haven’t been answered.
Despite stories by the Canadian Press as reported in the CBC, CJAD, Citynews and Le Journal, Poeti may not have been demoted for asking too many questions. That’s what Jonathan Trudeau thinks. There may indeed be another reason that the ex-police officer and popular local politician had to be removed from discussions taking place under cabinet secrecy.
Still, it won’t hurt to examine the operations of the Transport Ministry while we keep wondering what’s really going on.
Two of my stories are in the City Edition of the Suburban this week.
On page 3, “Montreal council decisions affect LaSalle” covers automobile purchases, water pumping station delays, and other infrastructure upgrades.
On page 7, “Battle of Atlantic Ceremony honours vets,” covers Legion Branch 212’s recent activities, including their annual lunch for veterans.
There are also many other important stories including: a letter from Quebec Health Professional Students’ Roundtable, Robert Frank’s report about Lester B. Pearson School Board breaking Quebec privacy laws and Stephanie Azran’s report about Laval’s decision to avoid working with individuals or firms with convictions or lawsuits against the city.
Congratulations to LaSalle resident Sonja Susnjar, who was selected as LaSalle’s Community Cares Leader in 2016.
This is our way of saying thank you from the community,” said Community Cares Foundation Founder Denburk Reid, who works as community relations manager for the Montreal Alouettes and lives in the LaSalle borough. “These groups and individuals aren’t doing it for the recognition, but I think it’s important to encourage them.”
Susnjar has been studying residential development projects proposed for her neighbourhood for several years. She often does detailed research to make government, corporate and non-profit organization policy clear to residents and small business owners. In three cases, she’s personally gone door-to-door to meet with people to inform them about potential changes to their neighbourhood, to teach them how to become democratically active or to collect their support for one of her projects.
She’s an avid defender of Anglophone rights, cycling opportunities and democratic participation.
Her award will be given out at the annual ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. this coming Thursday, May 12 beginning at 6:30. The cocktail and gala takes place at the Loyola High School Eric Maclean SJ Centre, 2477 West Broadway. Tickets cost $75 for adults, $30 for students and $125 for VIP access, which includes parking, the cocktail and a better seat location.
This will be the fifth year for the gala, which began the year prior to the founding of the Montreal Community Cares Foundation. Susnjar joins 15 other individuals and groups getting awards this year, including two lifetime achievers, EMSB Principal Ben Fagan and active health services volunteer Judy Martin.
Congratulations to all of you.
The LaSalle borough meeting took place last night. Citizen questions focused on a petition against a new dog park in L’Hereux Park, transport struggles for LaSalle residents due to the 5,000 unit development in Lachine East between 6th and the train tracks, perks such as parking, La Ronde and Oceaga tickets for elected officials,
Joseph Pugliese congratulated Sonja Susnjar for becoming a Community Cares Leader. Congratulations Sonja!
Borough officials awared more than $5 million in contracts and set up three public consultations that I’ll be covering in the Suburban next week.
Other stories I noticed include:
Jane’s Walks also celebrate their centenary this weekend. There are tons of walks happening in Montreal, including one in Lachine East on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. (735 rue Notre-Dame at the corner of 7th Avenue au Regroupement de Lachine), one on the St. Jacques Escarpment (Falaise) Saturday morning (cyclists depart from Metro Angrignon at 10 while hikers depart from Vendome Metro or they can meet at the corner of Madison/St-Jacques at 11 a.m.) and two in Verdun (the Friday evening waterfront walk by Marie-Andrée Mauger is full, but the 10:30 a.m. Saturday walk through the Nun’s Island Forest by Nina Gould still has space.)