Quebec Liberal Party | Pierre Arcand quits politics

(Quebec) An important figure in the liberal economic team, confirmed former interim leader Pierre Arcand The press that he would pass the torch in the fall. The veteran, whose departure is no big surprise, will leave politics at the end of his term, adding to the long list of elected liberals who have announced their departure.

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Fanny Levesque

Fanny Levesque
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“At some point we need a little freedom,” explains former minister Pierre Arcand in an interview. “My relatives, I have to take care of them too. It’s been 15 years since I’ve more or less abandoned them. I was there, but not as often as they wanted,” admits the 70-year-old elected official, who has been thinking about his political future for several months.

In particular, the death of Guy Lafleur, who was his age, shocked him and strengthened his decision, which he would make public this Sunday. “It makes you think,” he says.

His departure is one of the anticipated departures for the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), where several leading figures from previous liberal governments have announced they will not be in the starting blocks in the 2022 general election. MNA Paule Robitaille, announced on Friday 11 The Liberals have so far confirmed that they will not return. The caucus has 27 MPs.

For the Outremont-Mont-Royal member, first elected in 2007, it’s time to make way for new blood. According to our information, the identity of his successor in this safe constituency should be announced as early as Monday. Pierre Arcand also explains that in recent years he has noticed that political life “intensifies” with the age of social networks, which he does not like.

“The whole aspect of social networking, you have to be really strong in marketing, to be a director. We need people for that now… […] We don’t live in the same era at all anymore,” says Mr Arcand. He points out that elected officials are constantly “in the public eye,” which may eventually wear out a little faster than you think, he says.

The former minister made headlines after being seen by a witness in Barbados in December 2020, according to Radio-Canada, despite repeated calls from governments not to travel due to the health crisis. He has since made his mea culpa over this controversy.

He also handed out the towel in response to the Prime Minister’s comment launching into a closed microphone “Isn’t he dead? » during one of his speeches at the Salon bleu, on April 27. François Legault then apologized. “I thought it was special, but 24 hours later it was over,” says the deputy.

Harder times

Pierre Arcand admits the PLQ is going through a period that “isn’t easy” as Liberals are lowest in the polls. The PLQ is also open to criticism, as two political groups have emerged in the past month defending Anglophone communities. “We are, through all of this, the alternative to the government,” the elected official insists.

Mr. Arcand believes that the challenge of his training and of his leader, Dominique Anglade, will be to “discover the differences in values ​​and the more modern side of [leur] program compared to that of the CAQ” between now and the vote. He bets the next campaign will be “tighter than we think”, despite the popularity of the coalition avenir Québec.

After 15 years of politics, Pierre Arcand leaves the company with the feeling of having “gave” to the public service, he who has held several portfolios, including the chairmanship of the Treasury, Environment and Energy and Natural Resources. He is proud that in 2009 he ratified the agreement between Quebec and France on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications as Minister of International Relations.

The passage of Bill 89, which de Environmental Quality Act to introduce a new system of monetary administrative fines in 2011 and Quebec’s acquisition of the strategic shipping sector from Pointe-Noire to Sept-Îles, in the wake of the bankruptcy of a mining giant in 2016, rank among the number of his successes, he sums up.

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