Kathleen Weil becomes new anglo minister as premier overhauls cabinet
With less than a year before Quebecers go to the polls, Premier Philippe Couillard has shuffled his cabinet.
Among the noteworthy changes announced on Wednesday morning was a new role for NDG MNA Kathleen Weil — minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers.
It's the first time such a post has existed in a Liberal government — current PQ leader Jean-François Lisée held down that job during the short-lived Marois minority government.
After naming his new cabinet, the premier had a message for anglos.
"Today, this promise is fulfilled," the premier said. "You are not only an integral part of Quebec, this is your home."
Overall, Couillard's new cabinet is larger and younger, with six new ministers and double the number of ministers under the age of 45.
One of the biggest changes is the new role of Dominique Anglade, who has been promoted to being Deputy Premier in addition to her existing role as Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation.
The tricky role of being Transportation Minister has gone to a cabinet newcomer, 35-year-old André Fortin.
Other changes include the return of Robert Poeti to cabinet as Minister of Integrity.
Carlos Leitao remains Minister of Finance, Gaetan Barrette remains Health Minister, and Stephanie Vallée is Minister of Justice.
-Additional files from the Canadian Press
Who's who in the new cabinet
•Minister responsible for Youth Issues
•Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region
•Deputy Premier (New)
•Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation
•Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy
•President of the Treasury Board (New)
•Minister responsible for Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review (New)
•Minister responsible for the Cote Nord
•Minister of Health and Social Services
•Minister for Small and Medium Businesses, streamlining regulations, and regional economic development (New)
•Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity
•Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks
•Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and the Nord-du-Québec region
•Minister of Tourism
•Minister responsible for the Mauricie region
•Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying
•Minister responsible for the Laval region
•Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living
•Minister responsible for the Montérégie region
•Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy
•Minister of Public Security
•Minister responsible for the Montréal region
•Minister for Maritime Affairs
•Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region
•Minister responsible for Higher Education
•Minister responsible for the Status of Women (New)
•Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification
•Minister of Families (New)
•Minister responsible for the Estrie region
•Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie
•Government House Leader
•Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (New)
•Minister responsible for Native Affairs
Carlos J. Leitao
•Minister of Finance
•Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
•Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region
•Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (New)
•Minister of Culture and Communications (New)
•Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language (New)
•Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region (New)
•Minister responsible for the Plan Nord (New)
•Minister responsible for the Integrity of Public Markets and Digital Resources (New)
•Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports
•Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region (New)
•Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
•Minister responsible for the Laurentides region
•Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and Housing (New)
•Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region
•Junior Minister for Transportation (New)
•Minister of Justice
•Minister responsible for the Outaouais region
•Minister responsible for Labour
•Deputy Government House Leader
•Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region
•Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions (New)
•Minister responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers (New)
•Chief Government Whip (New)
•Chair of the Government Caucus (New)