Québec ministerial cabinet adjusments
Updated: Apr 20, 2021
Quebec Premier François Legault made a minor reshuffle of his cabinet today, February 24.
In order to follow up on the recommendations of the Action Group Against Racism created by the government in June 2020, the Premier announced the creation of the position of Minister responsible for the Fight against racism. This task was given to Benoit Charrette, current Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. He retains his responsibilities.
Christopher Skeete, MP for Sainte-Rose, will become Parliamentary Assistant for the anti-racism file.
The Premier added a member to the cabinet. Lucie Lecours, MNA for Les Plaines, a riding located in the Lower Laurentians and Lanaudière, will become Minister Delegate for the Economy. She will support the Minister of Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and the Minister Delegate for Regional Economic Development, Marie-Eve Proulx. Minister Lecours will be responsible for the SME file in this new trio of economic ministers.
Lucie Lecours spent her career at TC Media as a journalist. She then held various management roles also at TC Media. She was a shareholder and vice-president of a digital signage company. Prior to being elected as a Member of Parliament in 2018, she was General Manager of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Les Moulins.
The Premier reiterated his commitment to eliminate the wealth gap between Quebec and the rest of North America. He said that with the pandemic, it is necessary to work on a new economy, mainly on information technology. The government's goal is to increase private investment, to create better paid jobs ($55,000/year and more) and to support entrepreneurs.
Jonatan Julien, MNA for Charlesbourg, becomes Minister responsible for the Gaspésie and Magdalen Islands region. The Premier mentioned that the government wants to bet on low cost wind energy projects to allow to be competitive and to sell this energy.