Under pressure from the opposition to unveil the list of companies that have been able to take advantage of their discretion to obtain financial aid during the pandemic even if they do not meet the criteria, Economy Minister, Pierre Fitzgibbon, does not flinch.
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“If you start doing that, companies won’t come to IQ anymore. [Le processus d’attribution des aides] “It’s a secret, there is no arguing that the names will be revealed,” he ruled on Thursday before entering the Bleu salon.
In the chamber, he criticized Quebec Solidere economics spokeswoman Ruba Ghazal for not understanding “how the system works” after the member accused the head of the government’s House of Representatives of “playing” human frugality.
Here’s how the system works: It’s not the ministry that decides whether to lend or not. All projects were received by Investissement Québec (IQ) with their recommendations, and no such project has been taken, so it is all very transparent,”
According to him, the fact that the amount of loans in excess of $25,000 and the names of companies benefiting from the emergency programs are indicated on the IQ website is sufficient in terms of transparency.
La veille, la Vérificatrice générale a dévoilé que l’ancien homme d’affaires avait autorisé pour 68 million dollars en prêts à des entreprises qui ne répondaient pas à tous les critères de sélection des programs en mis place d’a pendant Epidemic.
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However, the clause allowing him to approve a loan even if the company did not meet the criteria has not been publicly disclosed, just as the names of the companies that had to obtain his approval have not been publicly disclosed.
What opposition parties urged him to do on Thursday.
“There are companies that want to know how to work with the Minister of Economy: do you have to call him on his cell phone, work by email, so you don’t have to meet the criteria?” Economics is fair Darraji.
The money that this minister manages is not his own money. His solidarity partner, Ruba Ghazal, launched “He will have to change records. He no longer works in the private sector.”
“Birx’s jeweler has received $10 million from PACTE to Beat the Pandemic,” said PQ member Pascal Biroby. His difficulties were earlier. The business is controlled by the parent company in Bermuda. Is it one of the 10 [entreprises] Who did not meet the criteria and who did anyway? ”
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