Bernard Drainville wants to be a good minister

Bernard Drainville wants to be a good minister


Bernard Drainville wants to leave his mark on the Ministry of Education, he hinted on the set of the show “Le monde à l'envers”, Friday evening.  

Sworn in as head of this ministry on Thursday, the former PQ member, who has often been critical of education, said he had joined the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) because he wanted to be sure of being elected to the ruling party. 

“If the CAQ had not been in government and if it had not had a real chance of being reappointed, I would not have been there,” he said, adding that he wanted to make significant changes to Education, as when he was minister for the Parti Québécois — among other things, he helped pass the law on the financing of political parties and on secularism.

< p>Bernard Drainville, however, admitted that this appointment made him dizzy. 

“There are so many problems to solve, there are so many issues in education that you tell yourself that you are putting yourself at risk, but if you want to change Quebec society and make a contribution, Education is a right place”, he said, pointing out that few education ministers emerge from their mandate with the image of the hero.

“If we were able to find means together, because that the problems have been identified, then the solutions must be found and it is not I alone who will find them”, he added during his one-on-one meeting with Stéphan Bureau.

Maintenance of public funding for private schools

At the end of the interview, the former journalist and radio host said that the government was going to maintain funding for private schools and that they still had their raison d'être. “Funding must be maintained, there is no question of reducing it,” he argued.

Return to the “oathgate”

< p>Rapper and comedian Sébastien Ricard was the guest of the week on the show. He also launched, on the sidelines of the swearing-in of the Council of Ministers and of the deputies to the National Assembly, a video to which several other artists from the Quebec community rallied to protest and deny their allegiance to King Charles. III.

A round table with panelists Yasmine Abdelfadel, Louise Deschâtelets, Richard Martineau and Biz then opened on the question of the “oathgate” and the famous allegiance to the British crown.

The leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, who broke his oath to the king on Friday, was also on the set to talk about it. 

“It takes the good faith of the government to collaborate,” he mentioned to Stéphan Bureau, while the CAQ could prevent him from sitting next month in the Assembly because of his plea against the oath to which he refused to submit, as did his PQ colleagues Pascal Bérubé and Joë l Arseneau.

The program “Le monde à l’envers” is broadcast on Fridays, 8 p.m., live on TVA.