For­mer Que­bec cab­i­net min­is­ter Jacques Daoust dead at 69

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

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.

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