Saturday, May 23, 2009

Quebec Cultural Agency Head Sees No Problem With Lavish Spending

From The CBC:

The head of Quebec's cultural development agency is defiantly defending his travel expenses and has refused to step down, even after the premier suggested he's in no position to finish his mandate.

Returning from the Cannes Film Festival Friday morning, Jean-Guy Chaput told reporters in Montreal he had no intention of resigning from his post as president of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), despite a scathing report from Quebec's auditor general, who described his travel expenses as "sumptuous."

"I didn't defraud anyone," Chaput said in French. "I didn't skim funds."

Auditor General Renaud Lachance tabled a report Thursday afternoon on SODEC's expenditures in which he pointed the finger at Chaput for using taxpayers' money to lead a life filled with first-class travel, stays in chic international hotels and meals in the finest restaurants.

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