The big boss of Radio-Canada, Michel Bissonnette, stayed most of December in Florida despite the advice of Canadian health authorities who recommend not to leave the country because of COVID-19.
CBC / Radio-Canada’s Senior Vice President of French Services since January 2017 was in this US state hit hard by the pandemic from December 2 to 27, revealed the National Post, Thursday.
Living in his Miami condo, he went there to “take care of his business regarding this property,” crown corporation spokesman Marc Pichette said by email to the Toronto daily.
“He worked from there from December 2 to 17 and was on vacation the rest of his stay,” added Mr. Pichette.
This trip was denounced by the union representing employees of CBC, the English-speaking branch of Radio-Canada.
“CBC / Radio-Canada policies strongly discourage personal travel to countries at risk during the pandemic. Whatever their reasons, senior executives who travel to sunny destinations on vacation instead of staying at home show a lack of judgment and respect for employees whom they should lead by example, ”said said Kim Trynacity, CBC Chapter President at the Canadian Media Guild, at National Post.
Radio-Canada insisted that Michel Bissonnette at all times respected the instructions of the Crown corporation, as well as those of the provincial authorities.
“During his entire stay in Miami, he did not go to a restaurant or a store. On his return, he quarantined himself for 14 days, ”said Mr. Pichette.
Michel Bissonnette manages all of Radio-Canada’s French-language programming services. This includes general interest television, ARTV, EXPLORA, RDI, TOU.TV, the radio channels of the State corporation, as well as all other digital and mobile services.