Quebec demands explanation of Gatineau CÉGEP head's expenses

February 16, 2010

Quebec education minister Michelle Courchesne has written to Cégep de l'Outaouais's board of directors asking them to justify the director general's spending following allegations of excessive travel expenses. The Ottawa Citizen reports that since 2005, Marielle Poirier has claimed $65,000 in travel, hotel, and incidental expenses. According to a school news release, the director's travel to recruit international students and find practical work experience for students outside Canada was part of a plan to "internationalize" the college. The board's president says it will consider changing its travel expense policies, but notes that Poirier produced receipts to justify her expenses and the trips were part of her mandate as the college's leader. Ottawa Citizen