The “culture” of performance bonuses at the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) should not exist, the Parti Québécois insists. Especially that the crown corporation is a “quasi-monopoly”.
On Wednesday, Le Soleil , according to figures obtained under the Access to Information Act, said that bonuses paid by the SAQ to executives and employees would be in the order of $ 10.6 million, Of 19.6% for the fiscal year 2016-2017. This is a record sum. In fiscal year 2015-2016, approximately $ 8.9 million had been distributed to workers.
“When we have an organization like the SAQ, we should ask ourselves about bonuses. When you have four independent companies in a business field competing to put their products on the shelf, leaders go out of their way to be very creative. The SAQ is a quasi-monopoly. They do not have that challenge, “says André Villeneuve, spokesperson for the official opposition for the Société des alcools du Québec. He also deplores the fact that it is impossible to obtain the expense accounts of the vice-presidents of the Crown corporation.
For the hon. Member for Berthier, the bonus situation at the SAQ is something “unacceptable” that needs to be corrected as quickly as possible. He believes that the salaries of senior executives are “more than enough”. In 2016-2017, the 10 senior executives shared more than $ 650,000 in bonuses. Together, they earned $ 3.1 million as their salary.
“I think Quebeckers are tired of this bonus culture. We are asking the government to stop this, “concludes Mr. Villeneuve, also deploring the many cuts in the SAQ’s ranks. Over the past 15 months, more than 280 positions have been abolished across the network.