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The minister Nathalie Roy regrets to be essentially left in the dark since the beginning of the crisis was revealed by The Duty last Thursday.
Concerned by the crisis, ” nebula “, which is shaking the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM), the minister of Culture was asked Thursday to a independent firm to do an investigation to determine if there is a “problem of governance” at the Museum.
“I took a decision to appoint an independent firm that we will pay, to the light, to see what happened,” said Nathalie Roy on Radio-Canada Thursday. She hopes that the firm ” is evaluating the guidance and supervision of the conduct of the affairs of the Museum by management and the board of directors. “
Ms. Roy regrets to be essentially left in the dark since the beginning of the crisis was revealed by The Duty last Thursday.
“The information that we receive hour-by-hour change, different. I don’t really know more than you. We have asked the president of the C. A. to give us the famous study on which the C. A. is based [in order to justify the dismissal of the director-general, Nathalie Bondil]. We refused to see this study. It starts to raise questions. I am concerned about the management and governance of the Museum and the C. A. For the moment, what we have are bits and pieces of claims that come from a document that [person] did not read. It starts to be cloudy. “
Nathalie Roy has reiterated that the government is providing $ 16 million in funding for MMFA. But as this last is not a State museum, the government has no direct authority over its management. “But when you give 16 million, and that we request a document that we are denied, I think we can ask questions “, she said.
Revise the Law ?
The minister’s threat to revise the Law on the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. “It could be changed. If the legislature decides to reopen it… it is the money of the citizens, ” she said. It is to be noted that nowhere in the present crisis of allegations of misuse of funds — whether by the Museum’s management or its board of directors — have been put on the table.
But Nathalie Roy-tip of the had to the fact “that there is no ethics committee” at the Museum, ” or strategic plan “. “There is virtually no accountability,” judge said she.
The output of Mrs. Roy fits in a frame that remains unclear. The C. A. of the MMFA announced on Monday the dismissal surprise of Nathalie Bondil, that he was justified by his “denial” of the problems of relations of work which have been identified by an independent firm in a diagnosis of the work climate. It is this report that Nathalie Roy has asked to see.
Ms. Bondil is contesting his dismissal. She states that it is his criticism of the selection process that led to the recent hiring of Mary-Dailey Desmarais — member of a family highly influential in the MBAM — and as director of conservation. Multiple personalities — Denis Coderre, Lorraine Pintal, Monique Jérôme-Forget, Louise Harel — to defend it vigorously.
But inside the MUSEUM, no one went to the defence of Nathalie Bondil. The curators of the Museum have published a press release on Wednesday to mark their appreciation of Mary-Dailey Desmarais. The union has made out to detail the problem of the relations of work ” toxic “. And on Thursday morning, it is the influential philanthropist Pierre Bourgie, who stated that ” the decision not to renew the contract of Nathalie Bondil is required “.
Questioned in front of this dichotomy — the echoes of the house show a support to the decision of the C. A., so that the support of Nathalie Bondil come from people who do not have a fine knowledge of what was happening at the Museum, the minister has kicked into touch. “As minister, I will not be judge of the situation. But I want to understand it and make the light. “