François Legault demotes his environment minister

MarieChantal Chasse

Not quite three months into the job, premier François Legault is replacing his environment minister: MarieChantal Chassé is out, while Benoit Charette is in.

Legault said Chassé was a newcomer to politics — she toppled longtime Liberal MNA Pierre Moreau in the Chateauguay riding in the last October's election — and said the cabinet role was 'difficult' for her, especially when it came to dealing with the media.

Charette, the MNA for Deux-Montagnes, was first elected to the National Assembly as a Parti Québécois member in 2008. He joined the CAQ upon its formation in 2011.

The switch means that Legault's cabinet is now longer gender-balanced — there are now more men than women.