Minister David Heurtel announces he’s leaving politics

Le ministre David Heurtel annonce qu’il quitte la politique

QUEBEC – Immigration minister, David Heurtel, announced on Friday that he will not stand in the October elections, as the information suggested for several days.

In a message published on his page Facebook, it is indicated that the disease had struck his family, and that this context is for him incompatible with the requirement of a next term.

Elected for the first time in an add-in in the electoral district in montreal Viau in December 2013, and re-elected in the general elections of April 2014, Mr. Heurtel will have a mandate as minister.

Before being minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, he is best known as the minister of the Environment and the Fight against climate change, a portfolio which had awarded him the prime minister Philippe Couillard to the formation of his first cabinet in 2014.

Mr. Heurtel has therefore taken part in the united Nations Conference on climate change, the COP21, in Paris, that he recalls in his message.

He also recalled his achievements legislation, including the reform of the Law on the quality of the environment, as well as the law on zero-emission vehicles.

The minister, however, has been in the spotlight due to some controversies. Recall that in 2014, his department had authorized the drilling of the company’s investment in the river, off Cacouna, in a gestation period of the beluga whales. The superior Court had suspended the drilling of boreholes and referred directly to the minister.

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