Former Quebec cabinet minister Jacques Daoust dead at 69
Former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister Jacques Daoust, who quit politics because of controversy surrounding his alleged role in a government agency’s sale of Rona Inc. shares to a U.S. company, has died. He was 69.
Premier Philippe Couillard lauded Daoust, who suffered a stroke less than two weeks ago.
“During his time as economy minister he did work to help Bombardier... and to help improve programs, notably for people running small businesses,” the premier said Thursday in Hebertville-Station, Que.
“So I think we have to be grateful to him for his public service. Politics is never easy and he experienced it from every angle. But today, let’s think of the man, let’s think of his family.”
Daoust was elected to the national assembly in 2014 and was named economy minister before taking on the transport portfolio in January 2016.
He kept the position until he stepped down as a member of the legislature last August after he landed in hot water for his alleged role in Investissement Quebec’s sale of 11 million Rona shares to Lowe’s, the U.S. hardware giant.