The Liberal Party of Quebec and the Parti Quebecois are reshuffling their respective shadow cabinets a few days before the start of the parliamentary term at the National Assembly.
The member for Marquette, Enrico Ciccone, is gaining traction within the Liberal Party of Quebec after the punishment imposed on the former head of the political formation, Pierre Arcand, following his trip to Barbados during the holidays.
He inherits the role of transport critic for the official opposition, occupied by the member for Mont-Royal-Outremont before his demotion. The latter remains empty-handed since his other responsibilities related to the subject of the metropolis are taken over by the party’s chief whip, Filomena Rotiroti.
Enrico Ciccone also remains spokesperson for sports, recreation, healthy lifestyles and the fight against bullying, but the Capitale-Nationale file that he previously led for the PLQ is transferred to the member for Saint- Laurent, Marwah Rizqy.
This is what emerges from a reshuffle of the shadow cabinet of the official opposition orchestrated by its head, Dominique Anglade, a few days before the resumption of parliamentary work in the National Assembly.
The deputy for Viau, Frantz Benjamin, becomes president of the caucus and responsible for youth issues. The former Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for La Pinière, Gaétan Barrette, for his part, regains the title of spokesperson for Treasury Board files in addition to inheriting those on digital transformation.
The deputy for Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Hélène David, becomes spokesperson for higher education and research and the French language.
The member for Verdun, Isabelle Melançon, is entrusted with responsibility for the environment, tourism and the status of women. As for the member for Acadia, Christine St-Pierre, she will be in charge of culture, communications and immigration.
On the part of the Parti Québécois, several deputies are recovering the functions of their former colleague from Rimouski, Harold Lebel, excluded from the caucus on December 15 after being accused of sexual assault.
The MNA for Joliette, Véronique Hivon, thus becomes head of the caucus and whip of the political party.
The MNA for Duplessis, Lorraine Richard, will henceforth be responsible for matters relating to the elderly, family caregivers and home support while the MNA for René-Lévesque, Martin Ouellet, will take care of employment, social solidarity and the fight against poverty.
The party’s health spokesperson, Joël Arseneau, picks up the homelessness file at a time when the fate of the homeless during the curfew is debated.
The deputy for Bonaventure, Sylvain Roy, will take care of housing issues.