Each year, Quebec ministers distribute tens of millions of dollars in public funds according to their errand. Without accountability or specific standards, they pour these discreet budgets not only into charities, but also into private companies, elected officials and cities.
By 2020, the pocket money of ministers due to COVID-19 has quietly increased to 20 million. As Christmas approaches, our Bureau of Inquiry will for the first time display a clear portrait of ministers er dar. Which ones showed fanaticism? Which organizations are most blessed?
Our Bureau of Inquiry found that one-third of these elected officials were in favor of organizations in their constituency.
This money, called the discretionary budget, is spent on grants ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
The program has no standard or accountability framework, which the Commission of Experts wants to repeal in 2014 (see page below).
No announcement was made to inform the public that the ministers ’budgets had been increased. Neither the Consulate du Tresor nor the cabinet (except all three) agreed to disclose to us how much money was being spent from public funds.
By compiling the quarterly reports that each department publishes online, we found that it took several weeks, last year .5 9.5 million. Thus, the 2020-2021 cover.1 can reach up to 19.1 million.
The analysis found that nine ministers have been in favor of their constituencies since the change of government in October 2018.
For the whole Province
However, the minister’s discretionary budget must be used by companies in Quebec and not just for his ride. You should know that each member also has an envelope to help with his ride.
Eleven Coquista ministers allocated at least 65% of their budgets to organizations located in Coquista areas.
“It’s not normal,” said Herald Label, a member of the Quebec Party. “In general, you’re concerned about being fair to everyone,” he said. [la circonscription] PQ, Solidarity, Liberal or CAQ … it should be a project that counts. “
As the analysis of the liberal-era financial year demonstrates, fanaticism is not a new method (see page below).
Not good with liberals
In June, to our Bureau of Inquiry in 2008, Liberal Culture Minister Kristin Saint-Pierre’s group refused to provide financial assistance to “incomplete” counties filled with PQ, and she suggested that they keep their money for “those on our side”.
Two former ministers (a PQ and a Liberal) who wanted to remain anonymous explained to us the dynamics of this taboo subject on the hill.
The first is that Coalition Future Quebec (CAQ) believes some ministers can now be judged to be “their turn”.
Partisanship is unconscious because it is often argued by MPs for sanctioned applications.
“The minister has more direct access to government aides,” the former Liberal minister explained.
But no one is fooled, even these budgets allow on politics.
“It’s good to help local organizations,” he says.
Label, who has served in several prime ministerial offices, said the budget would also be useful for sniffing out troops.
“Sometimes we need our helpers to be on our side [pour les] Convince the bill. With discretion it is possible to form relationships with your Caucasus, ”he said.