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New Parti Québécois leader to take home $120K annual salary

A 2016 file photo of Paul Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, the new leader of the Parti Québécois. The party announced it will pay him an annual salary of $120,000 pending his election to the National Assembly. Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
A 2016 file photo of Paul Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, the new leader of the Parti Québécois. The party announced it will pay him an annual salary of $120,000 pending his election to the National Assembly. Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

The Parti Québécois (PQ) will pay its new leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon an annual salary of $ 120,000.

Party president Dieudonné Ella Oyono made the announcement on Twitter on Friday evening.

“The national executive council has just adopted a resolution to pay a salary of $ 120,000 per year to the new leader,” he wrote, adding that the party’s finances allowed it.

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The Canadian Press was able to confirm with the PQ that the salary was intended to provide temporary compensation to St-Pierre Plamondon pending his election to the National Assembly.

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The same treatment was granted in the past to Jacques Parizeau, in 1988, when he succeeded Pierre-Marc Johnson, as well as to André Boisclair in 2005, when he took over from Bernard Landry.

Like St-Pierre Plamondon, the two men were not elected when they became chief.

St-Pierre Plamondon became the 10th leader of the PQ on October 9, after a race in which he beat MP Sylvain Gaudreau in the third round of the members’ ballot.

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Although he cannot sit in the Blue Room, St-Pierre Plamondon said he intends on being present at the National Assembly to get involved in the strategic choices of PQ caucus.

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St-Pierre Plamondon did not commit to running for a possible by-election. He says he wants to take the time to focus on fieldwork with voters.

— With files from The Canadian Press’ Ugo Giguère and Global News’ Annabelle Olivier