Auditor’s report: Fitzgibbon urged to unveil list of 10 companies he favored

Auditor’s report: Fitzgibbon urged to unveil list of 10 companies he favored
Auditor’s report: Fitzgibbon urged to unveil list of 10 companies he favored

PQ, liberals and solidarity ask the Minister of the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, to unveil the list of 10 companies that have been able to benefit from a privilege from his part to obtain pandemic financial assistance even if they did not respect Criteria.

• Read also: $ 68 million to companies that did not meet the criteria

• Read also: Fitzgibbon ensures he has no conflict of interest

The former businessman authorized $ 68 million in loans to those companies that did not meet all the selection criteria for emergency aid programs, the Auditor General’s annual report released on Wednesday revealed.

However, the clause allowing him to authorize a loan even if the company did not meet the criteria was not disclosed publicly, just as the names of the companies that had to obtain his blessing were not revealed.

What the opposition parties urged him to do on Thursday.

“There are companies that want to know how it works with the Minister of the Economy: do you have to call him on his cell phone, operate by email, so as not to have to meet the criteria?” joked the liberal spokesperson for the Economy, Monsef Derraji.

“The money that this minister manages is not his private money. He will have to change registers, he no longer works in the private sector, ”launched his solidarity counterpart, Ruba Ghazal.

“The Birks jeweler had $ 10 million from the PACTE program to get through the pandemic,” said PQ member Pascal Bérubé. His difficulties were earlier. The business is controlled by its parent company in Bermuda. Is it one of the 10 who did not meet the criteria and who nevertheless received? “

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