The ministry of Health and social Services has promised to the mysterious severance payments to two officers of a tobacco control lobby who have no employment link with the State. A procedure is ” unusual “, according to an expert in governance.
Co-director and spokesperson of the quebec coalition for tobacco control
“In accordance with the discussions that took place between our two organisations as a result of your grant application, the MINISTRY also undertakes to cover the severance costs of ladies Flory Doucas and Heidi Rathjen in the case where the Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec (AIDQ) decide to end their employment relationship,” says a letter issued on December 19, 2019 and signed by the national director of public Health, Horacio Arruda.
Co-founder and co-director (since 1996) of the quebec coalition for tobacco control
Flory Doucas and Heidi Rathjen are at the head of the quebec Coalition for tobacco control. This coalition has lobbied the provincial and federal governments to adopt and implement measures to reduce smoking.
The organization has no contractual relationship with the government of Quebec.
Flory Doucas and Heidi Rathjen are not employees of the québec State. They maintain all the same close links with government officials.
According to Marie-Soleil Tremblay, professor of the national School of public administration, it is a procedure “unusual” that ” demand an explanation “.
The quebec Coalition for tobacco control sponsored by the AIDQ from may 2019. It is an organization non-profit. It took over another organization, the Association pour la santé publique du Québec.
“In the context of a transfer of a project like the quebec Coalition for tobacco control, that in 2019 there were two employees totaling more than 34 years of service, it is normal that there are issues related administration of the compensation potential,” said Sandhia Vadlamudy, director-general of the AIDP.
The severance of the two lobbyists have been negotiated with the ministry of Health and social Services (MSSS) at the request of annual funding of the AIDQ with the ministry.
The association has received 480 000 $ for its fiscal year 2019-2020. The benefits promised are not part of this sum. Horacio Arruda is the associate deputy minister who has signed the pledge.
The DHSS has not responded to all questions from our Office of investigation.
“It is not our intention to comment on a particular case,” said Robert Maranda, spokesman for the ministry.
“It is common that the NHPD is working with many organizations for the implementation of the projects and initiatives of health promotion. “
The fees have not been paid, because the officers are still in post.
QUEBEC FINANCE THE LOBBY THAT PUTS PRESSURE
The quebec Coalition for tobacco control, which acts as the tobacco control lobby to governments, is funded by the Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec (AIDQ), and this, thanks to a grant from the ministry of Health and social Services (MSSS).
Thus, by paying 480 000 $ per year to the AIDQ, the DHSS is also funding the tobacco control lobby which close on the heels of the Quebec government so that it changes the laws on tobacco and taxes on consumption.
THE DHSS REFUSES To EXPLAIN
- What this agreement allows the department of public health to pay a severance pay to persons who are not employed by the State ? No response.
- What will be the amount of the severance Flory Doucas and Heidi Rathjen ? No response.
- In which funds will be withdrawn the allowances of the two leaders ? No response.
- What is the reason for the DHSS, he believes that the taxpayers must assume the severance of two of the lobbyists ? No response.
— With the collaboration of Jean-François Gibeault