The ten new faces at Legault

The ten new faces within the Legault cabinet

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François Legault presented a cabinet of 30 ministers on Thursday, many of whom are new. Here are the ten who will be joining the Executive Council for the first time. 

Christine Fréchette – Immigration

Former President and CEO of the East Montreal Chamber of Commerce until June 2021, the new MNA for Sanguinet has more than twenty years of experience, both in economic, political and media than in academia. The field of politics is not completely foreign to her, however, since she was deputy chief of staff of Jean-François Lisée.

Bernard Drainville – Education and responsible for the Chaudière- Appalachians

Elected in Lévis with 63% of the vote, the former journalist, columnist and PQ minister no longer needs an introduction. Responsible for Democratic Institutions and Citizen Participation in the Marois government, education will be a bigger mandate for him.

Kateri Champagne Jourdain – Employment and responsible for the Côte-Nord region

The first indigenous woman elected to the National Assembly wrote a new page of history on Thursday by becoming the first minister from the First Nations. The one who worked for a long time on the Uashat mak Mani-utenam band council will also be able to represent her region on the Executive Council.

Pascale Déry – Higher Education

As part of the imposing delegation of five ministers from the media world, the new MP for Repentigny has already worked in communications at Air Canada and at the Montreal Economic Institute. This is not the first leap into politics for the one who has a master's degree in political science and international law, since she ran for the Conservative Party of Canada in Drummond in 2015.

Martine Biron – International Relations, Francophonie and Status of Women

This former journalist and political analyst for Radio-Canada said she had a taste for new challenges when she announced her candidacy. She will finally have two important ones, which will not be completely foreign to her given that she has just completed a master's degree in political science at Laval University.

France-Élaine Duranceau – Housing

Expert in the sectors of real estate, accounting and taxation, the Ministry of Housing was the perfect place for the new deputy for Bertrand. She most recently served as Vice President of Cushman & Wakefield, a company specializing in entrepreneurial real estate.

Maïté Blanchette Vézina – Forests, Natural Resources and responsible for the Bas-St-Laurent region and that of the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

The only representative from Est-du-Québec on the Executive Council, she inherited an important portfolio in addition to two regional responsibilities. Former mayor of Sainte-Luce, a municipality located about twenty kilometers from Rimouski, she indicated when she was nominated as a candidate that she had environmental issues at heart.

Suzanne Roy – Family and responsible for the Montérégie region

The choice to entrust regional responsibility for the Montérégie to Suzanne Roy seems self-evident. She spent more than 25 years in municipal politics, including 16 years as mayor of Sainte-Julie, which is located in the administrative region for which she is now responsible.

The Ministry of the Family seems more surprising, but the president of the Federation of Early Childhood Workers of Quebec (FIPEQ-CSQ), an important association in the field of early childhood, wanted to quickly congratulate her, by way of press release. “The biggest challenges for the new minister will undoubtedly be the glaring shortage of qualified personnel in the early childhood network and the recruitment of new managers in educational services in the family environment (RSE) in order to fill the places in regulated and subsidized family environments. . In this sense, I invite Ms. Roy to adopt a collaborative approach with the union partners who propose concrete solutions to promote the profession without compromising the quality of the services offered and by aiming for the most complete training possible, “said the president , Valérie Grenon.

Sonia Bélanger – Minister for Health and Seniors

From one mandate to another, the riding of Prévost will once again be represented by the Minister of Seniors. The appointment of Ms. Bélanger is not surprising, however, as she served for seven years as President and CEO of the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal.

Christopher Skeete – Minister Delegate for the Economy, responsible for the fight against racism and responsible for the Laval region

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The only newcomer to the Executive Council to start a second term, his appointment is a fine mark of confidence in him, who has been active in the Coalition Avenir Québec since the founding of the party. His appointment as responsible for the fight against racism brings a certain continuity to this ministry, since he was Benoit Charette's assistant during the previous mandate.