Marchand trusts Legault for the Capitale-Nationale
Bruno Marchand at a press briefing at Quebec City Hall. (Archives)
The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, does not take offense that Geneviève Guilbault no longer wishes to be minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale. He points out that he and François Legault have the development of the region as a priority.
According to information obtained by Radio-Canada, Geneviève Guilbault will no longer be responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region in the next cabinet meeting. It was she who made the request to the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ).
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We spoke Geneviève and I this morning. We are able to talk to each other, we get along well. She likes other challenges and I respect that. There is no stake for me, mentioned the mayor on Wednesday afternoon, on the sidelines of a press conference.
Geneviève Guilbault would have found his mandate difficult, in particular because he was very focused on the issue of transport, with the tram and third link projects. She would have liked a broader mandate.
Transportation issues but also the completion of the 4th phase of the Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain also caused tensions between Ms. Guilbault, mayors Labeaume and Marchand and other elected municipal officials.
Bruno Marchand assures that there is no animosity between them.
The mayor of Quebec, his job is to defend the city. I regret nothing. I was not defending the City against Geneviève Guilbault, I was defending the City based on the interests of the City and the government has its own. They must converge, he explains.
Bruno Marchand repeats that the person appointed will have to ardently defend his region in the Council of Ministers and that he is not against the possibility that the responsibilities be entrusted to a member for Chaudière-Appalaches.
We discussed, the Prime Minister and me. What we need is a strong carrier, who will defend the files, have ambition for the Quebec region. I know that the Prime Minister has ambitions for the region, says the mayor.
Laval University political scientist Éric Montigny believes that the appointment of ministers will not be so easy for François Legault.
It is always a headache to form the Council of Ministers. It's a great headache for any prime minister, he mentions.
It remains to be seen now if the head of the CAQ will bet on the ministers of the Rive -North Jonatan Julien and Éric Caire, or if he wants to name one of the star candidates from the South Shore Bernard Drainville or Martine Biron responsible for the Capitale-Nationale.
He could also choose from among the newly elected members of the North Shore.
With the collaboration of Sébastien Bovet