Elected officials from Eastern Quebec are calling for a strong voice at the next Council of Ministers

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The elected officials of Eastern Quebec demand a strong voice at the next Council of Ministers

The composition of the new Council of Ministers expected to be announced by the end of October (on file).

Voters in Eastern Quebec overwhelmingly supported Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) candidates in the last provincial election. The question now is what place François Legault will reserve for them within the Council of Ministers.

Although the composition of the Council of Ministers is a prerogative of the Prime Minister, elected regional municipal officials are speaking out to demand a strong voice for the Bas-Saint-Laurent, the Côte-Nord and the Gaspésie within the next Council of Ministers.

Three of the four Bas-Saint-Laurent ridings now belong to the CAQ, with the election of Amélie Dionne in Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata, Mathieu Rivest in Côte -du-Sud and Maïté Blanchette-Vézina in Rimouski.

The prefect of the MRC de Rivière-du-Loup, Michel Lagacé, says that there are many expectations regarding the place of the region in the Council of Ministers.

The Regional Table of Municipal Elected Officials of Bas-Saint-Laurent (TREMBSL), which he chairs, issued a press release on Tuesday to explain their interest in having, among the government deputies Legault, a minister from the lower Laurentian ridings.

Mrs. Caroline Proulx has done a very interesting job, but the promiscuity of a regional minister, with a portfolio, is clearly very important, specifies Mr. Lagacé.

Michel Lagacé is prefect of the MRC de Rivière-du-Loup and president of TREMBSL (archives).

The elected official believes that Amélie Dionne could be a good choice, in particular because of her experience in municipal and provincial politics.

Which is certainly not to be despised , Ms. Dionne has been in contact with regional ministers for the past three years, whether Marie-Ève ​​Proulx or Caroline Proulx. Of course, she knows the issues of the riding and the Bas-Saint-Laurent issues, observes Michel Lagacé.

“The fact that she had to deal almost daily with the Legault government apparatus, whose cabinet is 85% likely to look strangely like the one we have known in recent years, is an advantage for Ms. Dionne which could be operational quickly. »

— Michel Lagacé, Prefect of the Rivière-du-Loup MRC

CAQ candidate Amélie Dionne was elected in the riding of Rivière -du-Loup–Témiscouata (archives).

In Gaspésie, Stéphane Sainte-Croix of the CAQ defeated PQ member Méganne Perry Mélançon to take the riding of Gaspé. The party also got its Bonaventure candidate, Catherine Blouin, elected.

Unlike Bas-Saint-Laurent, no process has been officially initiated in Gaspésie to claim a minister from the Gaspé constituencies, according to the prefect of the MRC de Bonaventure, Éric Dubé. However, he agrees with his counterparts in other regions.

We understand that it is the Prime Minister's prerogative and I will not say who I would like to have, but it Certainly we would like to have someone from the region to represent us, explains Mr. Dubé.

“People might say they want one minister per MRC, but that's not the reality. Me, I just think that it takes someone who will represent us well, who understands our issues well and who is able to work with the people who are in place. »

— Éric Dubé, Warden of the MRC of Bonaventure

Housing, labor shortages, cell phones and child care spaces are the main issues in the region, according to Mr. Dubé.

We are aware that we won't be able to settle all that in the next 100 days, but we will have to settle them at one time or another and to settle them, the machine has to start and then we will be able to set deadlines, he adds .

Éric Dubé is Warden of the MRC de Bonaventure (archives).

Éric Dubé points out that certain regional files have made progress during the four years, although the deputies of the region were not in power.

You should know that the municipal world has been structured in recent years, and we have more and more power, and we are a local government, so we are able to defend our interests and carry them loud and clear, as much by our unions as by our regional authorities, he explains.

“We are no longer in the time of Duplessis where if you were on the wrong side, your county was penitent for a term. »

— Éric Dubé, Warden of the MRC of Bonaventure

The CAQ won the two ridings of the Côte-Nord from the Parti Québécois. Yves Montigny and Kateri Champagne Jourdain were respectively elected in the ridings of René-Lévesque and Duplessis.

The region does not escape the desire to be represented in the Council of Ministers, according to the Mayor of Forestville and Prefect of the MRC of the Haute-Côte-Nord, Micheline Anctil.

Micheline Anctil is prefect of the MRC de la Haute-Côte-Nord (archives).

“Our candidates have the potential, have experience to join the Council of Ministers, and of course, it is a prerogative of the Prime Minister, but our wishes and our expectations are there. »

— Micheline Anctil, Prefect of the RCM of the Haute-Côte-Nord

Mr. Montigny is well aware of the realities of the Haute-Côte-Nord and the entire riding, she adds.

Yves Montigny, formerly mayor of Baie-Comeau, was elected in the riding of René-Lévesque (archives).

“We now have two voices with the government for the entire region, two file carriers, so we definitely want our deputies to support our region more, as for development projects, realities that also are specific to the North Shore. »

— Micheline Anctil, Prefect of the MRC de la Haute-Côte-Nord

Ms. Anctil believes that the priority of the deputies should be access to the region. The bridge linking the Côte-Nord to the Saguenay, air and maritime transport as well as the road network and natural resource industries are also priority issues, according to her.

The Council of Ministers of François Legault's new government should be announced by the end of October.

With information from Sophie Martin

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