Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has appointed one of his former colleagues to an $1,800-per-day job as special co-ordinator for Syrian refugees – a move one critic called “ridiculous.”
Following a closed-door meeting with his executive council, Coderre announced that Michel Dorais will be paid $110,000 over three months to head the city’s refugee welcoming and resettlement efforts.
Dorais served as deputy minister of immigration and citizenship from 1998 to 2004, some of that time under Coderre, who was a federal Liberal MP for 16 years, and served as the immigration minister from January 2002 to December 2003.
Coderre’s executive committee approved the terms of the appointment last Wednesday, retroactive to Nov. 19, and said the hefty salary includes vacation pay and compensation for not being part of the city’s pension plan, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Montreal is preparing to receive some of the 25,000 Syrian refugees the federal government has pledged to bring here by the end of