Mathieu Lacombe ensures that the region will be heard in Quebec

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Mathieu Lacombe ensures that the region will be heard in Quebec

The new Minister responsible for Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Mathieu Lacombe, surrounded by three MNAs from the region, Daniel Bernard, Suzanne Blais and Pierre Dufour.

The new minister responsible for the region, Mathieu Lacombe, completed a two-day tour of Abitibi-Témiscamingue on Wednesday.

The MNA for Papineau in Outaouais and Minister of Culture took advantage of his visit to meet the main political, socio-economic and cultural players in the region, along with his three fellow CAQ MPs from Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Mr. Lacombe, whose appointment has sown a wave of disappointment and protest in the region, claims to have been well received through all his exchanges. It's an adventure in Abitibi-Témiscamingue that begins, he says.

“I'm happy to come and support my colleagues and add me to this team, including Pierre Dufour, who remains in charge of the region. I feel that people here want results and we are in solutions mode. We want quick successes and demonstrate that the files are moving forward. »

— Mathieu Lacombe, Minister responsible for Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Mathieu Lacombe maintains that Pierre Dufour, as parliamentary assistant, and his colleagues Suzanne Blais and Daniel Bernard will be able to process the region's files in the new structure put forward by the Legault government.

Pierre is so rooted in the region that everything will happen naturally, says the minister. He continues his work as regional manager and I join the team. The important thing is that it works and we will continue as before. The Council of Ministers is a bit mysterious, but you have to understand that when the files arrive, it is because they are ready to be adopted. The debates, all the lobbying of the regions in Quebec, that is done before. This is where Pierre and my colleagues will do the work and I will support them.

Mr. Lacombe says he is leaving with a better knowledge of the various issues facing the region with its health network.

There is a great consensus on the need to improve infrastructures and also on workforce retention and attraction. I understood the message, he underlines.

Minister Lacombe also adds that he did not discuss the Horne Foundry file with the Mayor of Rouyn-Noranda, Diane Dallaire. He believes that the file is progressing and progressing well in the government and he preferred to focus on other subjects.

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