Wednesday, April 14

Pierre Arcand remains in liberal purgatory

Neither his wife’s plea nor the articles reporting on his distress will have changed anything: the liberal elected Pierre Arcand remains in purgatory and his functions were redistributed to his colleagues on Friday.

The member for Mont-Royal – Outremont had to apologize in December for making the decision to fly to Barbados with his wife, Dominique Chaloult.

Liberal leader Dominique Anglade had advised him not to travel during the holiday break, as required by Ottawa. She has it later dismissed from his duties as the official opposition spokesperson for the metropolis and for transport.

On Friday, Ms. Anglade’s team formalized the transfer of Mr. Arcand’s files to Enrico Ciccone and Filomena Rotirorti. The second became the official opposition spokesperson for the Metropolis, while the first obtained “the vote of confidence” from the leader by inheriting the Transport file.

One of the leading figures of the liberal caucus, Marwah Rizqy, adds to her mandate in education that of official opposition spokesperson for the Capitale-Nationale. The Liberals, now deprived of seats in the Quebec City region, are banking on the “flamboyant personality” of the elected representative to win back the electorate there.

Many members of Parliament inherit files that they have previously held as ministers. Hélène David therefore obtained the mandates of spokesperson in Higher Education and in the French Language. Isabelle Melançon will address issues related to the environment, tourism and the status of women, while Christine St-Pierre will be critical of culture, communications and immigration.

Frantz Benjamin becomes president of the caucus, while Gaétan Barrette is transferred to files relating to the Conseil du trésor and digital transformation.

The shuffling of cards was also done internally. The former chief of staff of Mr. Barrette, Julie White, returns to service as director of communications, after a stint in public relations. The current director, Charles Robert, becomes deputy chief of staff. He will work hand in hand with the current chief of staff, the former MP for Vanier-Les Rivières Patrick Huot.

Redistribution of roles in the PQ

Following the exclusion of Harold Lebel, accused of sexual assault, the head of Quebec Party, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, has also redistributed roles within his team.

Lorraine Richard obtains files related to seniors and caregivers, while Sylvain Roy will defend issues related to housing.

In full debate on the application of the curfew to the homeless, Joël Arseneau becomes the PQ spokesperson for homelessness.

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