- Executive Council of Quebec
The Executive Council of Quebec (informally and more commonly, the Cabinet of Quebec and in French "Le Conseil des ministres") is the
cabinetof the government of Quebec, Canada.
Usually made up of members of the
Quebec National Assembly, the Cabinet is similar in structure and role to the Cabinet of Canada, while being smaller in size. As federal and provincial responsibilities differ, there are a number of portfolios that differ between the federal and provincial governments.
Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, as representative of the Queen in Right of Quebec, heads the Council, and is referred to as the Governor-in-Council. Other members of the Cabinet, who advise, or minister, the vice-regal, are selected by the Premier of Quebec, and appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor. Most Cabinet Ministers are the head of a ministry, but this is not always the case.
As at the federal level, the most important Cabinet post, after that of the prime minister or premier, is Minister of Finance. Today, the next most powerful position is the Health Portfolio, which has a vast budget and is of central political import. Other powerful portfolios include education and energy.
The current Cabinet has been in place since soon after the 2003 election, with the formation of a government by the
Quebec Liberal Party. A major cabinet shufflewas implemented on February 18, 2005, It was shuffled again, and significantly reduced, after the election of March 26, 2007which resulted in a minority government for the Liberals. Lieutenant-Governor His Honour The Honourable Pierre Duchesne (2007-) Portfolio Minister Premier of Quebec
Minister responsible for Youth Issues Jean Charest (2003-) Deputy Premier of Quebec
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions
Nathalie Normandeau (2007-) Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region
Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region Laurent Lessard (2007-) Minister of Culture and Communications Christine St-Pierre (2007-) Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports Michelle Courchesne (2007-) Minister of Environment Line Beauchamp (2007-) Minister of Finance
Minister responsible for Government Administration
Chair of the Treasury Board Monique Jérôme-Forget (2007-) Minister of Health and Social Services Yves Bolduc (2008-) Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities Yolande James (2007-) Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Benoît Pelletier (2007-) Minister of International Relations Monique Gagnon-Tremblay (2007-) Minister of Justice Jacques P. Dupuis (2007-) Minister of Labour and Social Solidarity Sam Hamad (2007-) Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife Claude Béchard (2007-) Minister of Revenue Jean-Marc Fournier (2007-) Minister of Seniors' Affairs Marguerite Blais (2007-) Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Montreal region Raymond Bachand (2007-) Minister for Transport (Quebec) Julie Boulet (2007-) Non-Cabinet Roles Role Member President of the Liberal Caucus Yvon Vallières (2007-) Government Whip Norman McMillan (2007-)
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