Disgraced Quebec politicians showered in taxpayer cash

Richard Marcotte. (MAXIME DELAND/QMI Agency)

Richard Marcotte. (MAXIME DELAND/QMI Agency)

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:09 PM ET

MONTREAL - They may be out of a job, but three disgraced Quebec politicians received tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded golden handshakes since leaving their government jobs.

Quebec law stipulates that elected officials who have spent more than two years in office are entitled to a severance allowance - and they don't have to forfeit the cash if they are convicted of a crime committed during their term.

The payment is calculated by multiplying their average bi-weekly pay by the number of years since 1992 that they've been in office.


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