A Slap in the Face for Quebec Regions

15_BG_lowRezYesterday, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Jean, and Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, highlighted the absurdity of having a minister from Ontario responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

“Despite there being 39 Liberal MPs from Quebec, the Prime Minister chose someone from Ontario, who knows next to nothing about Quebec’s regions, to be the minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. This is a symbolic slap in the face for our Quebec regions, which are losing an ear specifically attuned to their needs,” the Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition commented.

The Liberals recently tabled a bill (C-24) that provides for centralizing all the economic development agencies. The bill specifically proposes eliminating the position of minister of Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

“This shows that Justin Trudeau’s government is not at all interested in our regions. The Speech from the Throne only used the word ‘region’ once; a clear indicator of what was to come,” concluded Bernard Généreux, the Official Opposition critic for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.