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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:56 am    Post subject: New CAQ cabinet announced for Quebec government Reply with quote

( we got to find out who Is in the new CAQ government cabinet , although none of the names are familiar faces outside quebec . and I haven't really heard of any of them before )

Inside the CAQ cabinet: François Legault names 13 women, 13 men

François Legault was up first, becoming Quebec's 32nd premier, a successor to Philippe Couillard.

Philip Authier, Montreal Gazette
Updated: October 18, 2018

Quebec premier-designate Francois Legault was sworn in as member of the National Assembly Oct. 16, 2018. Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS

QUEBEC — Two weeks after the provincial election that sent his party into power, François Legault Thursday announced the members of his new cabinet.

The cabinet will have 26 members, 13 women, 13 men.

Here is the list of cabinet members being sworn in Thursday in the historic Red Room of the National Assembly. Legault was up first, becoming Quebec’s 32nd premier, a successor to Philippe Couillard.

Premier: François Legault

Public Security and deputy premier: Geneviève Guilbault

Finance: Éric Girard

Treasury Board: Christian Dubé

Economy and Innovation: Pierre Fitzgibbon

Junior Regional Economic Development: Marie-Ève Proulx

Health and Social Services: Danielle McCann

Junior Health and Social Services: Lionel Carmant

Education and Higher Education: Jean-François Roberge

Junior Education Minister: Isabelle Charest

Justice, Intergovernmental Affairs, Status of Women: Sonia LeBel

Transport: François Bonnardel

Junior transport and Minister responsible for Montreal: Chantal Rouleau

Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion and House Leader: Simon Jolin-Barrette

Seniors and Caregivers: Marguerite Blais

International Relations and the Francophonie: Nadine Girault

Culture and Communications, Minister Responsible for the Charter of the French Language: Nathalie Roy

Environment and the Fight against Climate Change: Mariechantal Chassé

Energy and Natural Resources: Jonatan Julien

Family: Mathieu Lacombe

Employment, Social Solidarity and Labour: Jean Boulet

Municipal Affairs and Housing: Andrée Laforest

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: André Lamontagne

Tourism: Caroline Proulx

Junior Minister for Government Digital Transformation: Éric Caire

Native Affairs: Sylvie D’Amours

Forestry, Fauna, Parks and the North: Pierre Dufour


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Here are the 26 men and women in François Legault's first cabinet

Premier's 26-member cabinet includes many political neophytes, several entrepreneurs, an Olympic medallist and a helicopter pilot.

Andy Riga
Updated: October 19, 2018

Quebec Premier François Legault, centre, celebrates with his new cabinet and Quebec Lt.-Gov. J. Michel Doyon, right, after he and his cabinet were sworn in during a ceremony at the National Assembly on Thursday.

Quebec Premier François Legault’s 26-member cabinet includes many political neophytes, several entrepreneurs, an Olympic medallist and a helicopter pilot. Here’s who will be around the table:

François Legault

Responsible for youth issues and relations with anglophone Quebecers

Geneviève Guilbault

Deputy-premier, public security

Since the Oct. 1 election, Guilbault has been a spokesperson for the CAQ’s transition to government. New to politics, Guilbault, a former spokesperson for Quebec’s coroner’s office, worked for Jacques Dupuis, the former Liberal public security minister, in 2009.

Jean-François Roberge


A teacher, he was the CAQ’s critic on education and youth issues. An MNA since 2014, he will be tasked with fulfilling Legault’s plan to scrap school boards and replace them with “service centres” run by school directors, professionals and parents. Roberge is the author of Et si on réinventait l’école? (And if we reinvented schools?) about reorganizing the education system to focus on students.

Danielle McCann

Health and social services

A political neophyte, McCann administered health institutions before. She is the former head of the Montreal regional health agency, which had a $6-billion budget and coordinated 60 health-care institutions.

Éric Girard


New to politics, Girard is a former treasurer at the National Bank of Canada who has worked in the investment and financial markets for more than two decades.

Simon Jolin-Barrette

Immigration, diversity and inclusion

A lawyer who once worked in the city of Montreal’s legal department, Jolin-Barrette has a heavy load, shepherding controversial Legault plans. One: banning the wearing of religious symbols by some government workers. Two: slashing immigration by 20 per cent. Three: introducing French and “Quebec values” tests for new immigrants. As house leader, Jolin-Barrette will also be responsible for guiding the new CAQ government’s ambitious legislative agenda. He has been an MNA since 2014.

Sonia LeBel

Justice, intergovernmental affairs, status of women

A lawyer, LeBel became a household name as chief prosecutor at the Charbonneau Commission about collusion and corruption in Quebec’s construction industry. She worked for 20 years as the province’s Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, specializing in drug-related offences and organized crime. She has never been elected before.

Pierre Fitzgibbon

Economy and innovation

A political novice, Fitzgibbon is a business management expert who has worked in a variety of fields — from manufacturing to telecommunications to financial services.

Christian Dubé

Treasury Board President

A two-time MNA, he quit in 2014 to become a senior vice-president at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Dubé returned to politics this year to replace CAQ president Stéphane Le Bouyonnec, who resigned over his role in a company that offered loans with exorbitant interest rates. As president of the Treasury Board, Dubé is responsible for keeping a tight rein on government purse strings.

Marie Chantal Chassé

Environment and the fight against climate change

An engineer and businesswoman, Chassé is new to politics. She was a surprise winner in the Oct. 1 election, unseating incumbent Liberal Pierre Moreau, a prominent minister in Philippe Couillard’s government.

Chantal Rouleau

Associate transport minister and minister responsible for Montreal

Rouleau was mayor of Montreal’s Rivière-des-Prairies—Pointe-aux-Trembles borough from 2010 to 2018. She was on former Montreal mayor Denis Coderre’s team and will have to navigate touchy issues with the woman who replaced Coderre, Valérie Plante. The issues include the CAQ’s plans on immigration and religious symbols, and Plante’s desire to build a multibillion-dollar métro line that Quebec would have to fund. Rouleau is one of only two CAQ MNAs elected on Montreal Island. “I’m sure that Mrs. Rouleau will work effectively with our administration on the development and influence of the metropolis,” Plante said on Thursday afternoon.

François Bonnardel


An entrepreneur who has been an MNA since 2007, Bonnardel was the CAQ’s finance critic for the last four years.

Marguerite Blais


Blais, a four-term Liberal MNA who retired and then joined the CAQ, returns to the seniors’ portfolio she held under the Liberals from 2007 to 2012. She will work on Legault’s plan to revamp Quebec’s network of seniors’ homes.

Nathalie Roy

Culture, communications and the French language

Roy, a lawyer and former journalist, was first elected to the National Assembly in 2012. A prominent CAQ MNA, she was most recently the party’s critic for immigration, integrity and secularism.

Mathieu Lacombe


A former TV and radio journalist, Lacombe went on to become a spokesperson for the Outaouais public transit agency. A father of two, he had one son in his arms and another next to him as he was sworn in on Thursday.

Nadine Girault

International relations and the francophonie

A business administrator who most recently worked at large financial institutions, Girault is of Haitian origin but was born in St. Louis. She is new to politics.

Andrée Laforest

Municipal affairs and housing

Trained as a teacher, Laforest owns a daycare and kitchen supply store. A political novice, she won the Chicoutimi riding, a longtime Parti Québécois stronghold, in her first try at politics.

André Lamontagne

Agriculture, fisheries and food

An entrepreneur and licensed helicopter pilot, Lamontagne was first elected in 2014 and was the CAQ’s economy, innovation and exports critic.

Jonatan Julien

Energy and natural resources

A first-time MNA, Julien was a city councillor in Quebec City for the last five years. He is an accountant and was secretary general of the provincial agency that manages provincial government real estate.

Pierre Dufour

Forests, wildlife and parks

Owner of a travel agency and active in the tourism industry, Dufour is new to politics

Jean Boulet

Labour, employment and social solidarity

New to politics, he is a lawyer who focused on labour law, collective agreement negotiations and workplace health and safety law.

Caroline Proulx


A former television broadcaster and commentator, she is the author of the book 100 jours pour le bonheur (100 days to happiness). She is a first-time MNA.

Sylvie D’Amours

Native affairs

Owner of a vineyard, D’Amours has been an MNA since 2014 and was most recently the party’s agriculture critic.

Isabelle Charest

Junior education minister

A three-time Olympic medallist in speedskating (one silver and two bronzes), Charest was Canada’s chef de mission at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She is new to politics.

Lionel Carmant

Junior health and services minister

A pediatric neurologist and lecturer at the Université de Montréal medical school, Carmant is director of neurology at the Ste-Justine children’s hospital. He is a political novice.

Marie-Eve Proulx

Junior economic development minister

The former mayor of a small town in Chaudière-Appalaches region, Proulx owns a consulting and management-coaching business. She is a first-time MNA.

Éric Caire

Junior minister for government digital transformation

First elected to the National Assembly in 2007, Caire is a prominent CAQ MNA. His reputation was affected by revelations during the election campaign that he had taken a $55,000 loan from a mayor in his riding. He repaid it after Quebec’s ethics watchdog told him there was a potential conflict of interest


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

François Legault promises to govern for 'all Quebecers'

New CAQ premier forms gender-balanced cabinet, emphasizes education, health care

Benjamin Shingler · CBC News · Posted: Oct 18, 2018 11:54 AM ET | Last Updated: October 18

Quebec Premier François Legault, right, reacts after he and his cabinet were sworn in during a ceremony at the National Assembly on Thursday. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)


François Legault was sworn in as Quebec's premier on Thursday, officially launching a new era in provincial politics.

Legault said the economy, education and health care will be priorities for the first-ever Coalition Avenir Québec government.

"Today, we're not just forming a CAQ government. We are forming a government for all Quebecers," he said following the swearing-in ceremony by Lt.-Gov. J. Michel Doyon.

He also said he would follow through on his pledge to ensure the secularism of the state, banning the wearing of religious symbols by civil servants in positions of authority.

And he promised to do more to fight "against global warming," despite serious concerns among environmentalists that his policies, including building more suburban roads, would fail to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

13 men, 13 women

Legault's cabinet consists of 13 men and 13 women, fulfilling a campaign promise to have a gender-balanced cabinet. Only two of them have previously held a cabinet position (one of them being Legault himself, under the Parti Québécois).

Among those taking on key roles in the CAQ government is Danielle McCann, the former head of Montreal's regional public health authority.

Éric Girard, who worked at the National Bank for 25 years, will be finance minister, and Jean-François Roberge, a former school teacher, will serve as education minister.

There is no anglophone voice at the cabinet table.

Christopher Skeete, an anglophone and the MNA for Sainte-Rose in Laval, has been appointed a parliamentary assistant to the premier and will be in charge of the secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

It's not a cabinet position, but Skeete will report directly to Legault, who has named himself officially responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

In his speech, Legault said he would govern in a "respectful manner toward the historical" English community.

He also said he planned to meet soon with Indigenous leaders to establish improved relations.

The CAQ swept to power in the Oct. 1 election, winning 74 seats in the 125-seat legislature. That gives them a comfortable majority over the Opposition Liberals, who have 29 seats.

This is the first time since 1970 — nearly half a century — that Quebec is governed by a party other than the Liberals or PQ.

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