Official opposition role not new for Yvon Marcoux
Vaudreuil MNA confident he’ll continue getting job done
Yvon Marcoux, the Quebec Liberal Party MNA for the Vaudreuil riding, has had experience sitting as a member of the Official Opposition and says he will continue to do his job in Quebec City when the National Assembly convenes next month.
Marcoux, who was first elected in 1998 as an Official Opposition member, was the critic for matters relating to the Conseil du Trésor, as well as the critic for international relations during his first term in office. He has been re-elected to his seat four additional times and was Minister of Transport from 2003 to 2005. He counts that ministerial experience and the role he played in moving the Highway 30 project forward among his career highlights.
“I’m proud to say I was Minister of Transport when we started the (Highway 30) project in 2004,” Marcoux noted during a recent interview, adding, “Quite a few people didn’t believe (the project) would be completed. I’m very proud to see that because of our government the highway will be completed and will be beneficial for our region.”
Yet despite all of his experience, the Vaudreuil MNA says he is not considering throwing his name in for consideration during his party’s upcoming leadership race.
“No, thank you for the confidence, but I do not have any thoughts about that,” he said with a laugh.
His thoughts turned serious, however, when talking about Jean Charest’s recent exit from the party.
“He had made a personal decision and I would like to commend him for the way he (stepped down. He was) like a real statesman, the speech the night of the vote and also the speech when he resigned showed serenity, dignity, sensibility... (it was) very noble and reflected the qualities of a real statesman. Reflected the qualities of the man. I was proud of that,” Marcoux said.
Marcoux has known Liberal interim leader Jean-Marc Fournier since 1998.
“I’ve worked with him and have a great esteem for him,” he said, adding, “he was a good choice as interim leader. It was unanimously approved in caucus which shows our party was together on the decision.”
Opposition role, hospital
And though the Liberals will no longer form the government, the Vaudreuil MNA is confident he will continue getting things done.
“The first role of an MNA is to represent the citizens of his riding. That is the main priority and it is what I’ll continue to do,” Marcoux stressed, adding it is “quite possible” to spearhead the creation of important projects and files for the region.
And one of the most important projects for himself and Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois to keep on top of is forwarding the building of the region’s first hospital.
“We will continue working at the provincial level and with all of the groups in the region to see the project completed,” Marcoux stressed. What he could not promise was if the hospital would be completed by the 2018 date earmarked by the Liberal Party. Nevertheless, he remains confident. “There are needs in region... I would be surprised if the government doesn’t adopt what is necessary. The government is there to answer the needs of the population so I would be surprised to see them abandon the project.”
Marcoux says it is important for the groups in the region that have been active in the project to continue voicing their support for the new hospital.