Five ministers in Quebec and Lévis

Five ministers in Quebec and Lévis

BETTING À DAY

With five important ministers, the greater Quebec City region will be able to count on strong representation within the new Council of Ministers. Ironically, Geneviève Guilbault, in her new role as Minister of Transport, has never been so much at the heart of the files of the Capitale-Nationale, a regional responsibility inherited by her colleague Jonatan Julien. On the South Shore, two newcomers to the CAQ, Martine Biron and Bernard Drainville, are also being given major responsibilities. 

Guilbault at Transports

< p>Reappointed to her duties as Deputy Premier, Geneviève Guilbault takes the wheel of the government's largest work provider.

Asked whether she would miss the responsibility of the Capitale-Nationale, the MNA for Louis-Hébert dodged the question with a big smile.

Even the mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, was not shy about criticizing his leadership during the CAQ's previous mandate.

On the other hand, as Minister of Transport, she will have both hands in several major files that directly concern the City of Quebec, starting with the 3rd link, which represents a major “communication challenge”, she acknowledged. .

“It will be my file, in my department”, underlined Ms. Guilbault. To her title is also added responsibility for Sustainable Mobility, an addition that is “not insignificant”, she observed.

“Let us remember that Ms. Guilbault has long refused to 'support the tramway project in Quebec,' worried Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, of Quebec solidaire, criticizing his appointment to Transport. 

Julien in the Capitale-Nationale

Charlesbourg MP Jonatan Julien, who hands over the Natural Resources file to Bas-Laurentienne Maïté Blanchette Vézina and Energy to Superminister Pierre Fitzgibbon, inherits a new responsibility ministerial: that of Infrastructures.

As such, he will be responsible for the Quebec Infrastructure Plan, which will reach a record $150 billion, according to the financial framework presented by the CAQ during the election campaign.

Mr. Julien explained that he will be responsible for “everything other than the road network”, that is: “all the infrastructures, hospitals, schools, seniors’ homes”, listed Mr. Julien. He sets himself the challenge of “doing better, faster”, by accelerating the realization of the many projects on the program.

He believes that his experience as an elected municipal official will be beneficial to him in assuming the role of minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale. “What I want to do quickly is meet Mayor Marchand,” said Mr. Julien, who intends to focus on “cooperation to achieve economic development in Quebec City”. 

Drainville in Education

The newly elected caquiste of Lévis, Benard Drainville, becomes the minister responsible for the priority file set out by François Legault: that of Education.

“It's exciting, you're coming back to politics, you want to make a difference… Education can be a great place to make a difference,” he reacted.

In a press briefing, the former host refused to venture on what will be his own priorities within the “big machine” that is the education network.

“In the next few weeks, I will take time to go to the schools,” said Mr. Drainville.

As Minister responsible for Chaudière-Appalaches, he wishes, among other things, to tackle the issue of the labor shortage, given the importance of the manufacturing industry in the region.

< p>The one who had launched “let go with the GES” to the detractors of the tunnel project between Quebec and Lévis during the election campaign intends to play an active role in the “trio of the 3rd link”, formed by himself, Jonatan Julien and Geneviève Guilbault. 

Cairo retains its ministry

Despite the rumors that sent him on waivers, the veteran caquist of La Peltrie, Éric Caire, finally retains the Ministry of Cybersecurity and Digital which was entrusted to him at the beginning of the year.

He is However, this is the only ministerial responsibility he will have to assume, since the Access to Information and Protection of Personal Information file now belongs to the former Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge.

Our Parliamentary Office recently reported that Mr. Caire's cabinet would be at loggerheads with the Commission d'accès à l'information, given the difficulties encountered in modernizing ClicSÉQUR and deploying digital identity.

< p>Behind the scenes of his own ministry, some saw his former chief of staff, Joëlle Boutin (re-elected in Jean-Talon), succeed him, but in the end she did not get her place in the Holy of Holies. 

Biron in International Relations

The former journalist recruited by the CAQ Martine Biron, who succeeds Marc Picard in Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, obtains prestigious ministerial responsibilities with the Status of Women, International Relations and La Francophonie.

Everything suggests that she will take off with the Prime Minister for a first mission abroad, in a month, with the holding of the 18th Francophonie Summit, scheduled for Djerba, Tunisia, on November 19 and 20.

“Quebec is the flagship of the Francophonie in North America. It is important that we mark our space, that we are present,” said Ms. Biron on this subject.

The voters of Chutes-de-la-Chaudière had not been represented by a member of the Council of Ministers since 1998, that is since Denise Carrier-Perreault (PQ), who had been appointed from her post of Minister for Mines by Lucien Bouchard.

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