Gaétan Barrette
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April 05, 2019

The CAQ Remains Mysterious About Ways to Reduce Costs and Better Protect Quebecers’ Personal Information

Gaétan Barrette

The MNA representing La Pinière and Official Opposition Critic for the Conseil du Trésor, Mr. Gaétan Barrette, asked the Minister responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Conseil du Trésor, Mr. Christian Dubé, as well as the Minister responsible for Government Digital Transformation, Mr. Éric Caire, about the CAQ government’s vision for managing personal information and the unrealistic promise of savings made by Mr. Dubé.

The MNA representing La Pinière was disappointed to note that we will still have to wait a number of weeks before having a complete portrait of the government’s vision for digital transformation. The government has the ability to make the necessary investments required for the creation of a genuine programming team that is able to implement a strategic plan and thereby reduce costs associated with the current practice of IT resource outsourcing.

We should be encouraging Quebec’s talent but, despite its renown both here and abroad, the government does not seem to want to recognize or develop our expertise. In accordance with the Act Respecting Access to Documents Held by Public Bodies and the Protection of Personal Information, we asked for the cost comparison study on the use of private cloud computing versus the internal development of such a service, but our request was denied. The government promised us significant savings and infallible data protection. The proof of that remains to be seen.

– Gaétan Barrette, MNA representing La Pinière and Official Opposition Critic for the Conseil du Trésor

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