Denis Lebel already has a new job

Conservative MP Denis Lebel, who announced on Monday that he was leaving politics, will be the next president and general manager of Quebec's Forest Industry Council (CIFQ).

CIFQ’s president of the board of directors, Éric Bouchard, made the announcement Tuesday, adding that Lebel will begin in September. He will succeed André Tremblay, who has occupied that position since Jan. 1, 2011.

Bouchard said that Lebel, who was former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Quebec lieutenant, has “important assets,” like his knowledge of current issues and “understanding the economic importance of the forest industry for many regions in Quebec.”

Lebel was mayor of Roberval between 2000 and 2007. He also worked extensively at the federal level and was Minister of Economic Development of Canada for Quebec Regions, Minister of Transport, of Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

On Monday, Lebel said he decided to leave politics because it was difficult to transition from “senior minister” to opposition deputy “who asks questions.”

With over 200 members, the CIFQ represents Quebec’s forest industry, currently affected by tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on soft-lumber exports to the U.S.