Prime Minister François Legault will open a new session of the National Assembly on Tuesday with an opening speech.
After announcing that he was extending Quebec’s legislature earlier this month, the prime minister has said that his government will focus on planning for what is to come after the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the new session will also set the tone for the Avenir Quebec Coalition (CAQ) priorities ahead of the upcoming elections, according to Laval University political science professor Eric Montigny.
The prime minister of Quebec will extend the legislature, with a new session starting on October 19
The extension gives the government a chance to start over. Montigny said he hopes the prime minister will set a new agenda and give his ministers clear goals.
This comes in light of a new Leger poll, along with Le Journal de Montreal, who analyzed the popularity of some of those ministers. Health Minister Christian Dubé had the highest number of people who said they had a good opinion of him, followed by Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault.
The most unpopular were the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, and the Minister of Elders, Marguerite Blais.
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On a preview of his speech, the prime minister spoke about health care, education and the economy as his top priorities after the pandemic and how things needed to change after COVID-19 without going into too much detail. Montigny predicts Legault’s speech will contain more talks on lessons learned from the pandemic, priorities in healthcare, and how to jumpstart the economy, as well as one more thing.
“He will also try to set the agenda for the next elections. What battlefields … will these elections take place? So that’s part of the political communication exercise, ”said the political science professor.
The extension kills all bills from the previous session, but the government can choose which bills it wants to resubmit, such as Bill 96.
Public hearings on the government’s French language reform ended before the prime minister announced that he was extending the legislature.
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