The arrival of Jonatan Julien as Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region marks a major shift in relation to the Guilbault years, with a strong desire not only to move matters forward, but to restore the channel of communication with regional stakeholders.
Meeting the day before the interview at a Québec Ville en rose activity, Mr. Julien underlined how “he is happy” to have was appointed in this capacity, he who is also responsible for Infrastructures.
It is precisely with these words that he also began the interview yesterday morning.
“I am certainly very happy”, he launched, listing that he turned 50 this year, that he was born and raised in Quebec, that he has always lived in Quebec, and his children too .
The Minister points out that he originally got into politics, with Régis Labeaume, because he found that Quebec was on a path where anything was possible.
This great momentum, this former vice-president of the executive committee of Quebec is proud to be able to contribute to it, this time, by bringing the region's files to the Council of Ministers.
“I have a taste that it works in Quebec,” he says.
A head start
Appointed barely two weeks ago, Jonatan Julien has already established contact with several elected officials and stakeholders in Quebec to learn about their concerns.
< p>He has even planned bimonthly meetings with Mayor Bruno Marchand, and invites regional players who have not received a call from his office to contact him.
The watchword is consultation, insists Mr. Julien. He points out that, obviously, he does not expect him and the mayor of Quebec to always agree. But he relies a lot on communication.
Often, disagreements lie in misunderstanding, he believes.
It's a good head start compared to her predecessor, Geneviève Guilbault, who took more than a year to establish contacts with the community, and who we felt had little involvement in these functions.
She has often had trouble defending regional issues, such as the tramway, and her relations with the mayors of Quebec have proven to be very difficult.
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The CAQ organization also expressed, during the election campaign, a desire to position itself differently in relation to the region.
We also want to talk about other projects and stakes than the third link, and show real support for the tram.
Mr. Julien's attitude is exactly in line with this movement. He “doesn't feel” like the messenger of the third link, although he firmly believes in the project.
As for the tramway, he believes that a second phase should be mentioned, and as an unfailing ally.
Unfortunately, on the subject of the Quebec Bridge, the minister is sticking to the government's position. No way to move.
However, in this case, the CAQ would do well to demonstrate its good faith, in order to arrive at a lasting solution for this essential and emblematic infrastructure.
But on the whole, Jonatan Julien's impassioned speech made me think of Sam Hamad's.
When he held this position, the latter imposed himself as an ardent defender Quebec projects.
However, clearly, for the past four years, the region has lacked love and has every chance of benefiting from this kind attention.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128