Sylvie Bérubé appointed to Bloc shadow cabinet

MP for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, will serve as critic for families, children and social development

Sylvie Bérubé, the Bloc Québécois MP for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, has been named as her party’s critic for families, children and social development. (File photo)

By Jeff Pelletier

Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou MP Sylvie Bérubé has been appointed to the Bloc Quebecois shadow cabinet as the critic for families, children and social development.

Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet said during a press conference in Ottawa that he has confidence in Bérubé’s ability to lead this portfolio.

Blanchet also said that Bérubé will be a voice for childcare service needs across Quebec, particularly the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

In that same press conference, Blanchet also called for Parliament to resume as soon as possible and disputed accusations of systemic racism in Quebec following a coroner’s report into the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous woman in Quebec who filmed health-care workers insulting her as she pleaded for help on the day she died.

Blanchet also criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his trip to Tofino, B.C., last week on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Bérubé was re-elected in Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou during the 2021 federal election. In the previous parliament, she served as the Bloc’s critic for Crown-Indigenous and was the vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

Ahmed Hussen is currently the Liberal government’s minister of families, children and social development. However, Trudeau may shuffle his cabinet when the new session of Parliament begins.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Pain In The Groen on

    Blanchet denies that systemic racism in Quebec despite the coroner’s report but is just hypocritical enough to complain about Trudeau taking the day off in Tofino on the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. These things are both equally appalling. There is no high moral ground for Blanchet. This is not an inspiring start to a new government. In fact, it’s downright despicable.

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    • Posted by Victor on

      Nor is Legaults’ excuse of saying “Quebec needs more productivity” (code for we’re not finished raping indigenous lands) for not recognizing the Truth and Reconciliation Day.

  2. Posted by Skeptic on

    I heard that she never answered calls from nunavik leaders on her last term. I wonder if she will open an eye on nunavik for at least once on this term.

  3. Posted by Ches on

    Cool. Also an idea that I have heard and that we should know is that control and govern(ment) mean the same. It is something we should to be aware of, when and how and by whom one is being controlled.

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