Poeti’s asks Daoust about Transport Ministry Problems


Former Transport Minister Robert Poeti

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.

Jacques Daoust

Jacques Daoust

“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  CBCCJAD, 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.

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