Immigration minister David Heurtel will not be a candidate in the next election for family reasons.
On his account Facebook, the liberal minister explained on Friday that the disease had hit his family in recent months. “This context is for me incompatible with the requirement for a next mandate,” he wrote. The event of his departure had already leaked to the media this week.
Former political advisor to the prime minister pq’s Bernard Landry, Mr. Heurtel was elected for the first time in an add-in in the electoral district in montreal Viau in December 2013, and then re-elected in the general elections of April 2014.
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 on Facebook.
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.
In 2015, he had also been criticized during the episode of the “flushgate”, when the government Couillard had authorized the City of Montreal to reject almost five billion litres of untreated sewage into the river, the time to perform road work on its pipelines.
The revision of October 2017, Mr. Heurtel has been called in reinforcement by Philippe Couillard at the Immigration department, where Kathleen Weil was involved in the upcoming consultations on systemic racism, in addition to the difficult issue of the influx of migrants from the United States.
In recent months, it has been noted by his constant attacks against the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), referred to by the liberals because favored in the polls.
This is the fourth government minister Couillard to announce that he will not seek a new mandate, after Stéphanie Vallée, Jean-Marc Fournier and Martin Coiteux. At the present time, 20 elected officials have announced that they would not be candidates on the 1st of October, of which 13 are of the liberals.