François Legault will unveil his new Council of Ministers on October 20
François Legault will have to choose his ministers from an imposing caucus.
Quebec Premier François Legault will unveil his new Cabinet on Thursday, October 20, two days after the swearing in of the deputies who will sit in the National Assembly.
Mr. Legault will have to make his choice among the 90 deputies, elected on October 3, who form the imposing caucus of the Coalition avenir Québec.
Asked during the election campaign about his intentions regarding the distribution of ministerial portfolios, François Legault gave only one clear indication: the reappointment of Christian Dubé as Minister of Health.
Otherwise, while implying that he could maintain his economic team, led by the Minister of Finance, Eric Girard, Mr. Legault had warned that “nobody” a job guaranteed at the CAQ”.
Speculation is also rife about the positions he will reserve for certain star candidates such as ex-journalist Martine Biron or ex-host Bernard Drainville.
One thing is certain, not all outgoing ministers will keep a portfolio in the next Cabinet Legault.
Jean Boulet, who was responsible for Immigration, Francization and Integration, among other things, made misinformed remarks on the employment and francization rates of immigrants a few days before the vote and should not keep his job, at least in this ministry. He was also in charge of the Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity file.
Among those who could be reassigned, the names of Jean- François Roberge, Education, and Nathalie Roy, Culture and Communications, also circulated during the election campaign.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, would have asked to no longer be responsible for the Capitale-Nationale for this second term.
Ministers Éric Cairo (Cybersecurity and Digital), Mathieu Lacombe (Family) and François Bonnardel (Transport) could also be entrusted with new functions.
It must be said that this is not the choice that is missing for Mr. Legault who will have the difficult task of presenting a new competent and balanced Cabinet, while sparing the susceptibilities of some and the ambitions of others.
Although he has a pool of 90 elected officials to make his choice, the Prime Minister should only surround himself with a maximum of around thirty ministers.
< p class="e-p">When the National Assembly was dissolved, François Legault's cabinet had 26 ministers, including 11 women, which does not quite represent parity. It remains to be seen this time whether, with some forty candidates elected, the head of the CAQ will appoint an equal number of men and women to the Council of Ministers.
One thing is certain, with the election of 58 women on October 3, the National Assembly will never have welcomed so many female deputies in its history. In the next legislature, 46% of seats will be held by women. This proportion was 41.6% at the dissolution of the National Assembly.
All deputies will be sworn in on Tuesday, October 18. In addition to those of the Coalition avenir Québec, 35 other MNAs will begin their mandate after being elected under the banner of the Liberal Party of Quebec (21), Québec solidaire (11) and the Parti québécois (3).