The leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ), Éric Duhaime, who was recently the subject of collection measures for unpaid municipal and school taxes, has also already had trouble with Hydro- Quebec for non-payment of his invoice.
In 2012, the then radio host told his listeners that Hydro had disconnected him because he hadn't paid his dues for a year and a half.
“Listen, I I have my responsibilities, I should have paid. It's been a year and a half since I paid my Hydro bill,” he said on the airwaves of the defunct Radio X Montreal station.
At the time, Duhaime blamed the state corporation.
“They could have told me. They could have come to see that after a year and a half, if they sent something to a box that didn't work, that maybe they should have sent me a letter by post,” said -il.
The one who would become, a decade later, candidate for the post of Prime Minister seemed in particular to deplore, at the time, not having been able to pay his Hydro bill with a credit card .
“We are hostages to a monopoly that does what it wants, which doesn't give a damn about its customers,” he grumbled about Hydro-Québec.
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Since then, the audio excerpt has been available on the Le club des mal cités website, from host Olivier Niquet.
Municipal and school taxes
Last Friday, our Bureau of Investigation revealed that the City of Quebec was claiming from the Chief PCQ more than $14,000 in unpaid taxes on two buildings.
Mr. Duhaime first explained that he was unaware of his debt and that it was his tenant who had to pay the municipal taxes. He quickly settled the bill.
Saturday, he made a mea culpa. “It doesn't absolve me of responsibility. I own the building and I am responsible for ensuring that the taxes are paid. I take full responsibility, I am accountable,” he said.
Then, on Monday, La Presse revealed that the Center de services scolaire de the Capital had to send a bailiff to his home to obtain payment of $2,411 in unpaid school taxes, in July 2021.
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