October 4, 2023

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Denis Marsolais, a former president of the SAAQ, was responsible for the unraveling of the courthouses.

Denis Marsolais, a former president of the SAAQ, was responsible for the unraveling of the courthouses.

Devastated after last winter’s debacle, the former SAAQ boss has been given an ambitious new mandate: to untangle Quebec’s courts.

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Denis Marsolais was fired by the CAQ government in April following the disastrous deployment of the SAAQclic digital portal. After closing the state corporation’s offices for three weeks in the middle of winter, Quebecers came out with numerous technical problems and long lines.

Mr. was first sent to the Ministry of Economy. Marsolais has been assigned to the Ministry of Justice to “support the Deputy Minister in orders related to reducing delays in criminal and penal matters”.

The state mandarin kept his salary at SAAQ, or $253,942, at that time.

After the recent agreement between Minister Simon Jolin-Barrett and Lucie Rondeau, Chief Justice of the Court of Quebec, he will take charge of Table Justice-Quebec, a forum that brings together key players in the legal community. .

The deal, which comes after months of wrangling between the executive and judicial branches, provides for the creation of 14 new judicial posts and a speeding up of the judiciary.

The table must now identify and implement measures that “promote access to justice and contribute to reducing delays”.

A tough road in SAAQ

Last April, Transport Minister Genevieve Guilbault announced that a CEO should deliver services to citizens and that these had been “transformed”, explaining the dismissal of Denis Marsolais.

“The big problem we experienced was that the leaders of SAAQ – and we changed the president – did not plan to have more staff when we reopened, because, obviously, after three weeks, we had to expect. At the beginning of June, Prime Minister François Legault was a big credit during his closing statement of the session,” he summed up.

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Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrett, Mr. Marsolais, despite his recent setbacks, is determined to be the man for the job. The senior officer, he argues, has a long track record.

Denis Marsolais will also be in familiar territory: he was deputy minister of justice, and a few years later he returned to manage the modernization of the judiciary.

“He is well versed in the legal field and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Ministry of Justice. Above all he is talented and hardworking,” says Mr. Jolin-Barrett.

“So, there are some difficulties with SAAQ which everyone knows, but it has my full confidence,” the minister added.

SAAQclic brothel

  • Difficulties in vehicle registration
  • Incorrect nomination for driver’s license
  • Problems selling your car
  • Criminal reports despite paid license
  • Long delay for online service
  • Queues at the site can last for hours

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