Minister Joly “never played any role” in $42k awarded to boyfriend's company

Minister Joly “never played any role” in $42k awarded to boyfriend's company
The Canadian Press / Justin Tang

Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly's office has stated that she had no role in the awarding of more than $42,000 in federal funds to a company owned by her boyfriend, Félix Marzell.

According to Blacklock's Reporter, Minister Joly was not involved in the awarding of the grants:

Joly’s partner Félix Marzell is president of Dix au Carré Inc. of Montréal, a design agency. Dix au Carré in 2020 took payment of a $25,050 grant from the National Research Council to “diversify our markets,” according to its successful application. The company in 2019 received a separate $17,160 engineering contract from Parks Canada.

“She has recused herself from all discussions related to Dix au Carré,” said Press Secretary Mounier-Desrochers. “She has never played any role in the awarding of government funds to this company.”

Dix au Carré's website states that they have a mission to inhabit public spaces with “unexpected objects, invented and designed with the goal to spark the imagination of people in their everyday life.”

Last summer, Minister Joly announced federal COVID-19 funding would be awarded to add a wood-fueled pizza oven “experience” at an Ontario craft cider taproom.