Following a cabinet reshuffle on October 11, Liberal member for Pontiac, André Fortin was named as provincial Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, succeeding Laurent Lessard.
Above, André Fortin with Premier Philippe Couillard (standing behind him) at his swearing-in ceremony at the National Assembly in Quebec.
Pontiac2020.ca asked Fortin about his new role.
P2020.ca: André, were you aware or were you warned that there might be a cabinet shuffle planned?
Fortin: There had been public speculation about a possible cabinet shuffle for weeks but we did not receive confirmation until the day prior.
P2020: What will your new responsibilities be?
Fortin: It was an honour to be named Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Electrification of Transport. As such, I am in charge of the transportation system in the province of Quebec, of the upkeep and development of our roads and infrastructure, of the funding and prioritizing of new public transit projects and of promoting the electrification of our transportation system. I therefore also sit at the Cabinet table, which sets out the broader course of action for the Government of Quebec, while continuing to sit at the caucus table with all my fellow Liberal MNAs.
P2020: Will this affect how much or how often you will be able to deal with issues on behalf of your elected riding?
Fortin: This will certainly be an exercise in schedule management and prioritizing. But first and foremost, I will always be the representative of the people of Pontiac. Making their views known and advancing local files is my first order of business, every day. That being said, the position also allows me to make our local views known even more broadly, which is will be a plus for the people of this region.
Photograph courtesy of André Fortin.