The former president of the Future Coalition Québec (CAQ) Dominique Anglade happening in the liberal camp to meet his ministerial ambitions, said Thursday caquiste leader François Legault.
Mr. Legault expressed his disappointment after learning that Ms. Anglade will be a candidate of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) to the next byelection in the Montreal riding of Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne.
During a press briefing at the National Assembly, Mr. Legault said he learned by others Ms. Anglade passage in the liberal camp.
“I’m disappointed, but what I understand is that Dominic accepted a ministerial post, he has said. We see that Mr. Couillard, some MPs, does not offer a cabinet position and they leave. But there, in the case of Dominique, what I understand is that he was offered a ministerial post. She wanted to be a minister is a good candidate, I can not deny his skills. ”
Ms. Anglade was president of the CAQ in 2012-13 before being appointed head of an economic development agency.
In Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne, Mrs Anglade will be making his second attempt to get elected Member of the National Assembly.
In 2012, while she defended the colors of the CAQ, Ms. Anglade had been defeated in the riding of Fabre in Laval, which also hold an election soon.
The parliamentary leader of the CAQ, François Bonnardel, said the CAQ will not let discouraged by this new beginning. ”
“For me, loyalty and belief is important, now Ms. Anglade decided to go with the Liberal Party, it is his own choice, has he said. But tell you one thing, we will roll up our sleeves and we will work hard to get the best candidates in the next election. ”
Mr. Legault did not specify what position was offered, but the entourage of the Head caquiste hinted he could be the portfolio of Economy, currently held by Jacques Daoust.
In the absence of reorganization that could open the door for the cabinet, the member for Fabre Gilles Ouimet, and the member for Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne, Marguerite Blais, announced their resignation last month.
Since the last election in September 2014, three deputies, Christian Dubé, Gérard Deltell and Sylvie Roy, left the ranks of the CAQ.
Mr. Legault has recognized that opportunities to access the cabinet are nonexistent for caquistes MPs by the next general election in 2018.
“François Legault in opposition for three years, it is certain that the QCA can not, in the next three years, providing ministerial posts and it is not my habit to offer positions of Ministers, he said. But what I understand is that Mr. Couillard was offered a ministerial post (Mrs Anglade). ”
The health minister Gaétan Barrette, himself a defector of CAQ after failing to get elected in 2014 with Mr. Legault, welcomed the news.
Recognizing a certain kinship between the policies of the CAQ and the PLQ, Mr. Barrette said that Ms. Anglade has all the qualities to become a minister.
“This is an application which is great, great, great quality, as are all applications of our government,” he said.