(Quebec) the official opposition now led by Jean-Franqois Lisee Philippe Couillard seeking to oppose a government mobilized around the “economic prosperity”.
More than two years after taking power and 24 months of the next general election, the Liberal government is creating an advisory committee on the economy led by Monique F. Leroux. Twenty personalities associated with the business world will participate.
The Quebec government is awaiting advice from them.
At a press conference Wednesday, Philippe Couillard explained willing, with the committee, a new stage and mobilize the economic environment around “the prosperity of Quebec.”
Officially, the Advisory Council on the Economy and Innovation – his real name – will have the mandate to “develop and recommend initiatives to accelerate growth well into the Quebec economy.” The details will come later.
The ex-President of Desjardins Group, Monique F. Leroux, said group members will meet on November 4 to determine how they will work. For now, it is about innovation, entrepreneurship, and to “step up the internationalization of our organizations.”
It is also understood that the group intends to look at improving the competitiveness of enterprises.
Quebec is better, have in turn supported Philippe Couillard and Finance Minister, Carlos Leitão.
They argued that the employment figures are improving, although the goal of creating 250,000 new jobs during the current term of government may not be achieved.
Quebec companies are the ones that created the most jobs in Canada since the April 2014 election, said Mr. Couillard. They also created the largest number of jobs in Canada since early 2016.
In his view, “the creation of this advisory board will enable us to build on this momentum.”
This is a “new step towards prosperity of Quebec and its regions,” he insisted.
He denied the election deadline in mind, and is said to be open to welcome representatives of trade unions in this big table – although, obviously, it is first and foremost a group of personalities associated to the business that the government wanted to build.
Of the 27 people the group include the names, besides that of Monique F. Leroux, who chairs the International Cooperative Alliance and the Investissement Québec Board of Directors, Pierre Boivin, President and CEO of Claridge , Alain Bouchard, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Sophie Brochu, Gaz Métro Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins Group, Marc Dutil, Canam Group, or even Louis Vachon of National Bank.
The group will report to the Minister of Economy, Dominique Anglade.