Stéphane Lauzon was a city councillor in Gatineau, QC. He took leave of his job to run for the Liberals in the October 19th federal election. He won. Shortly afterwards, Lauzon resigned from Gatineau council and pocketed $69,500 in retirement and transition allowances. The Mayor of Gatineau says this is wrong, even though the law permits it. Lauzon says he is entitled to the money and that he should receive it.
Another Quebecer who set aside his job temporarily to run in the fed election was Gerard Deltell, a member of the Quebec National Assembly until October 19th. Deltell won for the Conservatives and quit his MNA job in Quebec. He was eligible to receive $100,000 indemnity, but decided he would not take that money.
Is the former Gatineau, QC city councillor entitled to $69,500 in retirement and transition payments after winning a Liberal seat during the October 19th federal election? Is he a hard-working servant of the people who has taken on a much tougher job and should not be dealing with rude and unfeeling taxpayers who begrudge this dedicated public servant a measly $69,5000 in departure money? Grumpy Albertans begrudging Eastern entitlements, again?
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