Radio-Canada has discovered that, during the mid-March snowstorm that stranded so many people on autoroute 13, director general Martin Prud’homme was leaving for a vacation, and one of his few possible replacements was at a party. These two were higher up than Michel Lapointe, now notorious for having been at a notary’s office signing papers for his real estate empire.
[NB Radio-Canada has since retracted its claims about Prud’homme’s holiday.]
The vacuum at the top of the SQ during this affair sucked, so we’re fortunate that nothing worse than a snowstorm hit the city while the bosses were in absentia.
If one good thing comes out of this, there should be a new rule saying an SQ officer can’t have a second parallel job. Radio-Canada also reports that Prud’homme himself ran a trucking and snow clearing business for twelve years while on the force, a situation that may not only have divided his attention, but could have offered possibilities for conflict of interest. Martin Coiteux says if the force doesn’t make it a rule, he’ll pass a law.
Update: TVA says Prud’homme not only maintains he was in his office working throughout and that the snow removal company was essentially a harmless little hobby for his dad. TVA link plays video.
Another update: Le Devoir says Prud’homme is defending his staff but also that he’s hedging on the key question who was in charge that night because the matter is under investigation.