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Quebec election: CAQ leader defends millions to U.S. consulting firm during pandemic

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Quebec election: Legault on defensive about pandemic management in final days of campaign
WATCH: On the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, François Legault visited the site of a former residential school. That was overshadowed by a report that was released Friday showing the Quebec government mismanaged the pandemic, putting Legault on the defensive. Meanwhile, the Parti Québécois leader was navigating his own controversy in the final days of the election campaign. Global's Dan Spector reports – Sep 30, 2022

Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) Leader Francois Legault is defending his government’s decision to award millions of dollars worth of consulting contracts during the COVID-19 pandemic to a major American consulting firm.

Legault says McKinsey & Company helped advise his cabinet on best practices from around the world on managing COVID-19.

A Radio-Canada investigation published on Friday reveals the company billed the Quebec government $6.6 million — or $35,000 a day — for advice on issues like COVID-19 vaccination and strategic communications.

READ MORE: Quebec’s ‘completely post COVID’ election campaign has few mentions of deaths, emergency powers

Legault’s four main opponents are denouncing the lack of transparency regarding the role that McKinsey & Company played during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Conservatives, Liberals, and Quebec solidaire say the Radio-Canada report is another reason to hold an independent public inquiry into the CAQ’s management of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the PQ has suspended one of its candidates, Pierre Vanier, who made anti-Muslim comments on social media.

 

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