Disappointment in Abitibi: Minister Lacombe responds to criticism

Disappointment in Abitibi: Minister Lacombe responds to criticism


The new minister responsible for Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Mathieu Lacombe, says he is “ very aware ” of the challenge that awaits him in the face of the discontent aroused by the absence of an elected caquiste from the region within the Council of Ministers.

Despite the election of three caquistes in Abitibi-Témiscamingue , it is the MP for Papineau, in Outaouais, to whom François Legault has entrusted the task of representing the region in the Holy of Holies, which is very badly received.

“It's totally unacceptable, we don't understand the strategy […] it's a disaster”, reacted among others the president of the Regional Conference of Prefects and Mayor of Amos, Sébastien D'Astous.

A delegation is getting organized to come and meet Premier François Legault, in order to express the surprise and disappointment of the region's elected officials, including even the caquiste Pierre Dufour, who was expelled from the Council of Ministers, testified.

On the sidelines of the swearing-in of PQ MPs on Friday, François Gendron, who represented the riding of Abitibi-Ouest for more than 40 years, called on the population to be heard.

“When you respect a region, well you give it access to the Holy of Holies. […] It hurts me. Me, I can't come back. Because I come from that region, and that region does not deserve what is happening,” denounced Mr. Gendron, becoming emotional.

Lacombe is reassuring

“I am very aware that I will have to build relationships of trust with stakeholders in the community,” commented the Minister. Lacombe, in an interview on QUB radio.

“There is dissatisfaction, my head is not in the sand… Now the Prime Minister has made his choice, c It is his choice, it is his prerogative to appoint the Council of Ministers,” he continued.  

Taking the full measure of the challenge that awaits him, Mr. Lacombe intends to bet on his three colleagues from the region, Pierre Dufour (Abitibi-Est) and Suzanne Blais (Abitibi-Ouest), who were re-elected, as well as Daniel Bernard, a newcomer to the CAQ, who snatched Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue from Québec solidaire.

  • Listen to the new minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Mathieu Lacombe, on QUB radio:

The Horne Foundry

Mr. Lacombe also plans to “work together” with his colleague Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette, concerning the polluting emissions from the Horne smelter. “It's not a small file”, he confessed.

The one who is now Minister of Culture and Communications promises to surrender “rather quickly”. in the field to meet local stakeholders.

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