Minutes of session in Quebec: the error

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Later came the announcement of ex-sovereignist Bernard Drainville’s return to politics. A real electric shock in the ranks of the caquist. It’s the great silence, said one MP, who wonders why it was necessary to recruit him.

With power being a powerful glue, Federalists worried about the party’s future and future-worried MPs headed to their constituencies for a perplexed vacation before the fall election date.

The stars of the session

Minister of Health Christian Dubé, who also produces maple syrup in his free time, delivered the goods. His bills on Access to GPs and Ending the Health Emergency were adopted. His plan to overhaul the healthcare system is well received, and to top it all off, his maple syrup, which he has christened Cuvée Libârté, is bottled and ready to be tasted.

The Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Christian Dubé

Photo: The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

The very federalist Finance Minister Eric Girard is an important link in François Legault’s coalition. He’s nice and his colleagues love him. In addition, the four budgets he presented during his tenure have demonstrated his credibility in public opinion.

The turning point for the Minister for the Elderly, Marguerite Blais, was spectacular. After being heavily attacked on social media during the pandemic, she was fully rehabilitated by coroner Géhane Kamel, who praised her testimony during her inquest into the US deaths CHSLD. She also passed her Elder Abuse Act. Relieved, she now makes her way to the mobile home that she has just bought with her husband.

The good moves

French Language Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette succeeded in the first reform of Bill 101. With the passage of the Secularism Law, he established himself as François Legault’s Manitou of nationalism. However, the next term could look different as his ambitions for the highest office are well known. We want to see him on the pitch more often to humanize him a bit.

Culture Minister Nathalie Roy, who had a terrible mandate, was able to come out five minutes before midnight. She managed to pass the Artist Status Act, which restored her fading star to shine. His name is now in play for the presidency of the National Assembly.

The Big Heads

It is often said that the worst trap that awaits politicians in power is arrogance. If it were a competition, we would immediately award the Palme d’Or to the Quebec faction.

Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault sitting on the fence in the tram file only made people unhappy. The honeymoon with the new mayor of Quebec lasted only for a walk in high heels on the Samuel-De-Champlain promenade. Ms Guilbault, who is very active in the field and on social media, began taking the pulse with advisers to prepare for her future race to lead the party, which was not well received.

Minister Éric Caire, very nervous about the rise of Éric Duhaime’s Conservatives, upset the much-loved Québec mayor by declaring it was him pollutes the lives of motorists with his tram project. His slip-up cost the government dearly. He had to apologize from the bottom of my heart to his prime minister.

Eric Duhaime, leader of the Quebec Conservative Party

Photo: Radio Canada

The capital’s third minister, Jonatan Julien, also added his two cents by declaring that the tram project should have the support of 50%+1 of the population. His testimony was quickly and decisively contradicted by François Legault.

Here we put a bracket to pay tribute to the government “spikes” who more often than not have had to pass the “drum” to try to restate the message in the media. Ewan Sauves (Prime Minister’s Office) remains the ace of communications. Marjaurie Côté-Boileau (health) and Florent Tanlet (education) stand out.

The mistakes

The generally very efficient Transport Minister, François Bonnardel, did not have his best meeting. After defending the third connection project by pointing to the nebulous PPM index – of bridges per million inhabitants – he described urban densification as Fashion. His regional itinerary, with airline tickets capped at $500, was poorly put together.

Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon almost managed to get through a session without making waves. He convinced Moderna to move to Montreal. And then, whoops! He’s still in the hot seat at the end of the session for having dinner with a lobbyist. He cynically posted a photo of himself and his team on Twitter with the caption: Guess who I’m having dinner with tonight?

The Family’s Mathieu Lacombe had a bumpy session. We don’t really know how many places have been added to the daycare network (or not). Maybe he had his mind elsewhere.

Impossible not to mention the Minister of Forestry, Pierre Dufour. Forest caribou management has complicated relations with Ottawa and made headlines for all the wrong reasons. It was the government’s chief firefighter, Sonia LeBel, who picked up the file and softened the tone.

opposition parties

Dominique Anglade’s liberals experienced the meeting as a never-ending rollercoaster ride. The party’s left turn did not last well and its result in the Marie-Victorin by-election was disastrous.

Andrés Fontecilla, Manager of Housing Solidarity

Photo: Radio Canada

The language debate triggered the revolt of the traditional clientele QLP. Two English-speaking parties have decided to go on the trail to put a stop to the Liberals. Not to mention that the leader will present a whole new team while half of the elected Liberals are leaving politics.

The issue of sovereignty, brought back into the news by the Prime Minister, was perceived in the Assembly as an unexpected gift left on the Liberal leader’s doorstep. With three months to go before the elections, Dominique Anglade’s political flair is put to the test.

Québec solidaire and its leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois are often referred to as François Legault’s main opponents. We have seen the party’s professionalization efforts, but the leadership team must take into account its militant base, which resists and wants a say in decisions.

It has to be acknowledged QA the merit of having pushed through the housing issue. A work that the deputy Andrés Fontecilla has eclipsed. A true team player, says a supportive advisor, always willing to help and asking nothing in return.

The star of the opposition therefore goes to MP Andrés Fontecilla.

What about the Parti Québécois? Hard to meet someone who’s already hurt. After the loss of Marie-Victorin and Véronique Hivon, the party has to live with the declarations of their new mother-in-law, Lucien Bouchard.

Despite this, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon finds the courage to compare himself to Rocky in the fourth film in the saga, where the boxer wins against Drago despite everything.

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