Hydro-Quebec CEO Thierry Vandal is a former student at two schools that were set to receive a total of $450,000 from the public utility. (The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson).
Hydro-Quebec made bad decisions in donating cash to private schools tied to the utility's CEO, but Thierry Vandal didn't profit personally from the grants, Natural Resources Minister Nathalie Normandeau said Wednesday.
The minister defended Vandal amid allegations by opposition parties that he was in a conflict of interest given that he once attended College Jean-de-Brebeuf and College Notre-Dame, the two schools that received grants from the Crown corporation.
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My Comment: A classic case of a bureaucrat wanting to play Santa Claus with other people's money. In this case, he is giving it to his friends at the two schools that he once attended.
One has to wonder what other monies and positions have been doled out by this CEO.