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NEWS: Nunavik September 20, 2012 - 11:54 am

Quebec’s Marois names new cabinet Sept. 19

Elizabeth Larouche becomes aboriginal affairs minister, Ungava MNA Luc Ferland responsible for northern affairs

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Elizabeth Larouche, MNA for Abitibi-Est, is Quebec's new aboriginal affairs minister. (HANDOUT PHOTO)
Elizabeth Larouche, MNA for Abitibi-Est, is Quebec's new aboriginal affairs minister. (HANDOUT PHOTO)

Quebec’s new Parti Québécois premier, Pauline Marois, named her 23-member cabinet Sept. 19.

The PQ leader was also sworn Sept. 19 in as the province’s 30th premier in a private ceremony. She then presented her cabinet at about 4:15 p.m, saying that “on Sept. 4, Quebecers chose to turn the page, to open a new chapter in Quebec’s history.

“My government is a sovereigntist one. We have the conviction that the future of Quebec is that of a sovereign country,” Marois said in the Red Room of the National Assembly in Quebec City.

“To remain a province in Canada constitutes an unacceptable risk for Quebec…. What we’ll do in the context of a minority government is to protect each parcel of sovereignty in our hands, and strive for more.”

Her cabinet, which includes eight women, does not contain familiar faces for Nunavik.

Although he does not sit as a minister, Ungava MNA Luc Ferland will be responsible for northern affairs.

But the portfolio of aboriginal affairs minister goes to Elizabeth Larouche, a newly-elected MNA from Abitibi-Est.

Marie Malavoy, a long-time member of the PQ and former university administrator, becomes the new minister for education, leisure and sport, who will deal with the current impasse between the Kativik School Board and a group of francophone parents in Kuujjuaq seeking French-language education for their children.

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