01/22/2013 12:10 EST | Updated 03/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Cascades hires Charest spokesman to replace former Landry official

MONTREAL - Paper and packaging company Cascades Inc. now has links with Quebec's three leading political parties after hiring former Liberal premier Jean Charest's spokesman as its vice-president of communications.

Cascades CEO Alain Lemaire described Hugo D'Amours as "the ideal person" to join the Quebec-based company as it undergoes significant change and promote the sustainable nature of the company.

He replaces Hubert Bolduc, a former spokesman for Parti Quebecois ex-premier Bernard Landry and the main Cascades (TSX:CAS) spokesman for eight years.

After replacing Charest last fall, Premier Pauline Marois appointed Bolduc as associate secretary general for government communications in the executive council, responsible for co-ordinating communications strategy.

Cascades also has ties with the Coalition Avenir Quebec as its former chief financial officer Christian Dube, who held a similar position with Domtar (TSX:UFS) was elected to the legislature for the conservative party.