Liberal Party of Quebec | Pierre Arcand leaves politics

(Quebec) A key figure in the Liberal business team, former interim leader Pierre Arcand confirmed The press that he would pass the torch on in the fall. The veteran, whose departure comes as no surprise, will leave politics at the end of his term, joining the long list of elected Liberals who have announced their departure.

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Fanny Levesque

Fanny Levesque
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“At some point we need a little freedom,” explains former Minister Pierre Arcand in an interview. “My family members, I have to take care of them too. It’s been 15 years since I’ve more or less given up on her. I was there, but not as often as they wanted,” admits the 70-year-old MP, who has been thinking about his political future for a few months.

The death of Guy Lafleur, who was the same age, has particularly shocked him and strengthened his decision, which he intends to make public this Sunday. “It makes you think,” he says.

His departure is one of those expected by the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), where several leaders from previous Liberal governments have announced they will not be standing in the starting blocks in the 2022 general election. MNA Paule Robitaille, announced on Friday 11 The Liberals have so far confirmed they will not return. The parliamentary group has 27 MEPs.

For the Outremont-Mont-Royal member, first elected in 2007, it’s time to make room for youngsters. According to our information, the identity of his successor in this safe constituency should already be known on Monday. Pierre Arcand also explains that in recent years he has noticed that with the era of social networks, political life is “densifying”, which he does not like.

“The whole social media aspect, you have to be really, really strong in marketing to be a director. We now need people who are prepared for this… […] We are not in the same era at all,” says Mr Arcand. He points out that elected officials are constantly “in the public eye,” which might end up wearing off a little quicker than you think, he says.

The former minister made headlines after being seen in Barbados by a witness in December 2020, according to Radio-Canada, despite repeated calls from governments not to travel because of the health crisis. He has since made his mea culpa on this controversy.

He also handed the towel to the Prime Minister’s remark, who turned on a closed microphone: “Isn’t he dead? » during one of his speeches at the Salon Bleu on April 27th. François Legault then apologized. “I thought it was special, but 24 hours later it was over,” says the MP.

harder times

Pierre Arcand admits the PLQ is going through a phase that is “not easy” as Liberals are lowest in the polls. The PLQ is also open to criticism, while two political groups defending English-speaking communities have emerged in the past month. “We are, we, through it all, the alternative to government,” the elected official replies adamantly.

Mr. Arcand believes that the challenge of his training and that of his boss, Dominique Anglade, will be “to show well the difference in values ​​and the more modern side [leur] Program vs. CAQ” pending vote. He’s betting the next campaign will be “tighter than we think” despite the Coalition avenir Québec’s popularity.

After 15 years in politics, Pierre Arcand leaves the company feeling that he has “given” to the public service, having held several portfolios including the presidency of the Ministry of Finance, environment and energy and natural resources. He is proud to have ratified the Quebec-France Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications as Minister of International Relations in 2009.

The passage of Bill 89 that changed the Environmental Quality Act the introduction of a new system of administrative fines in 2011 and Quebec’s takeover of the strategic shipping sector from Pointe-Noire to Sept-Îles following the bankruptcy of a mining giant in 2016 are among his successes he cites.

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