12/05/2013 11:02 EST | Updated 02/04/2014 05:59 EST

André Boisclair will earn double his predecessor at COMEX

André Boisclair will be earning about double that of his predecessor in his new post as the president of COMEX, an environmental review board for the territory covered by the James Bay agreement.

Boisclair follows in the footsteps of Pierre Mercier, who was earning about $90,000 a year.

Now the Quebec government is prepared to pay Boisclair a total $172,000 per year for the same job.

The former Quebec delegate to New York City was relieved of his functions in September amid allegations of his past cocaine use, following testimony before the province’s corruption inquiry. 

Boisclair asked to be relieved from his diplomatic post in New York so that he could fight those allegations.

Boisclair’s new job will involve heading up a committee that plays a role similar to Quebec’s Bureau d'audiences publiques en environnement (BAPE), with a particular focus on Quebec’s north, in the region governed by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.

Boisclair’s status will also be different than his predecessor’s.

Mercier worked on a contractual basis and invoiced his services at a daily rate of $372.

Over the past five years, he charged the government for a total of 242 days per year, the equivalent of about 12 months worth of 35-hour weeks, with weekly earnings of $1,860.