Que. premier com­pletes ma­jor cab­i­net shuf­fle

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

Que­bec Premier Philippe Couil­lard has com­pleted a ma­jor cab­i­net shuf­fle ahead of next year’s pro­vin­cial elec­tion. The premier moved around the ma­jor­ity of his min­is­ters, in­clud­ing those in the trans­port, im­mi­gra­tion and en­vi­ron­ment de­part­ments.

A sur­prise in yes­ter­day’s shuf­fle was the ap­point­ment of 35-year-old back­bencher An­dre Fortin to the trans­port port­fo­lio, which is a chal­leng­ing file due to the depart­ment’s large bu­reau­cracy and past ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rup­tion. De­spite the changes, some of the big­gest names in the cab­i­net will re­main in their posts such as Fi­nance Min­is­ter Car­los Leitao, Health Min­is­ter Gae­tan Bar­rette and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Se­bastien Proulx.

Af­ter 31/2 years in power since his elec­tion in April 2014, Couil­lard was look­ing to do what­ever he could to counter the op­po­si­tion’s claims that his Lib­er­als are worn out.

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