While the CAQ has always denounced the partisan appointments, the council of ministers has appointed a close associate of the party for the office delegate general of Québec in New York.
Nadine Girault, minister of international Relations and la francophonie, has defended the appointment of controversial Catherine Loubier, deputy director of the cabinet of François Legault, to this position. “I think she is very competent.”
Refusing to recognise that this is a partisan appointment, Ms. Girault still leaves the impression that he is a political appointment. “One keeps the eight appointments of delegations general, of which New York is a part, to choose the people you want to be put in place according to our objectives […] All the other posts, we are going to depoliticize.”
The minister pointed out that several applications have been studied, but as Mrs. Loubier stood out because she had want to relocate. “There were several people who were qualified for the position, but it is also necessary that the people want to relocate to New York.”
The minister of Labour Jean Boulet called the appointment”excellent”, while the minister of the Economy Pierre Fitzgibbon has welcomed the good work carried out by Ms. Loubier on a recent mission to Davos.
Since last October, Catherine Loubier worked as deputy director of the office of the prime minister François Legault. It dealt in particular of international and intergovernmental relations. She had left five days before to get his post in New York.
Previously, Ms. Loubier worked at the cabinet of the conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper, as senior advisor for Quebec, from 2013 to 2015.
In its election platform, the CAQ has promised to adopt a law to put an end to partisan appointments. In October, the mp Simon Jolin-Barrette is committed, in the name of his party, to table a bill before the end of the year 2018 to support these appointments, which has not yet been done.
Since its creation, the CAQ has never ceased to denounce the “little friends” of the liberal Party and the Parti québécois, who obtained positions in the senior public service.
The PLQ and the PQ have not failed to make it to QSL his own coin. “It appears to me really a nomination for service rendered,” said the leader of the PQ Pascal Bérubé. “It is clear that it is a commitment (to the CAQ) which is broken. I only wish that the prime minister bears”, he added.
The liberal mp Paule Robitaille has denounced the “incoherence” of the government caquiste, which announced earlier this week a reform to have diplomats who are better trained and chosen for their expertise, not their political affiliation.
“Is it that there has been a deal? Is she [Catherine Loubier] came to make the transition, knowing full well that she was going to get the position of delegate general of Québec in New York?” asked his colleague Dominique Anglade.
To compensate in any way the appointment of Ms. Loubier, the CAQ has also appointed Wednesday, Jean-Pascal Bernier, the ex-chief of cabinet of Philippe Couillard, to the post of vice-president of the Société d’habitation du Québec.