Joel-Denis Bellavance of La Press is reporting that former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe paid party president Gilbert Gardner up to $100,000 a year for 7 years out of his House of Commons office budget.
From Google translation:
“Mr. Gardner, who worked at the headquarters of the Bloc in Montreal and occupied essentially to the management and organization of the party, was hired in 2004 by Mr. Duceppe. He pocketed a salary that exceeded $ 100 000 in the last years of his term.”
Bellevance also notes that Duceppe’s chief of staff, Francois Leblanc was paid $90,000 from his office budget while she was getting her masters degree and writing a book on the Bloc. (see here)
More politics as usual in Quebec?
Update: CTV runs the CP story on this only adding that Duceppe won’t comment
Update: Kris Sims from Sun is reporting Duceppe saying all parties are doing the same thing and that Con MP Maxime Bernier is promising an investigation:
“We will be asking for an investigation and expect the Bloc to return any money they improperly spent.” (see here)