Quebec citizens can count on a new protector to defend their right to obtain quality public services.
The National Assembly confirmed on Wednesday the appointment of Marie Rinfret to the position of Protecteur du citoyen.
She succeeds Raymonde Saint-Germain, recently appointed to the Senate, heading this organization, which periodically identifies the holes in the social safety net.
Ms. Rinfret has a long track record in Quebec public administration, particularly in the management of pay equity for women for several years.
She was the Vice-Chair of the Standards, Equity, Health and Safety (CNESST) Commission and was responsible for pay equity.
She was previously the Chair of the Pay Equity Commission, since 2011, before the organization was merged with others to form CNESST. Her name has been associated with the Pay Equity Commission since 2001.
Ms Rinfret is a lawyer by profession and has been a member of the Bar since 1980. She has also been a member of the Quebec Order of Chartered Administrators since 2015.
The Québec Ombudsman is one of the managers of the State whose appointment must be approved by two-thirds of the members of the National Assembly.
On Wednesday, Ms. Rinfret’s nomination received 87 votes in favor, none against and 16 abstentions from the Caquist MPs, challenging the appointment process.
The caquists would like to see several candidatures submitted by the government to the opposition parties, instead of being placed before the fait accompli.