Liberal heavy-hitters won't seek re-election
Quebec Liberal ministers announce their eventual departure from politics
Quebec's Education Minister Michelle Courchesne and International Relations Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay have announced they will not seek re-election once their current mandates are over.
"Miss Courchesne announced today that she would be leaving," said Quebec Premier Jean Charest. "She is a strong minister."
"Michelle Courchesne will be deeply missed," he added.
Courchesne was named president of the Treasury Board in 2010 and Minister of Education after Line Beauchamp's resignation in the heat of the student conflict.
Opposing parties have been criticizing Courchesne's integrity and have requested her resignation after interim Auditor General Michel Samson criticized her in a report for the way she managed a sports infrastructure program. He claimed she picked projects arbitrarily.
This was the second time fingers were pointed at Courchesne in less than a year. In November, Auditor General Renaud Lachance issued a report stating there was important work missing in the attribution of places in daycares. This dates back to when Courchesne was Quebec's family minister.
A long career
Monique Gagnon-Tremblay was elected for the first time in Saint-François in 1985.
She became Minister of International Relations in August 2010.
"She has been a personal friend for well over 28 years," said Charest. "She's a woman who has left a big mark on Quebec politics. She created solid policies in every department she worked in."
Recently, Gagnon-Tremblay was under fire for things she told UN representatives who were concerned about Bill 78, the law put in place to end the student crisis.
She brought forward the first agreement in 11 years between the Charest government and a group representing 475,000 employees of the public and parapublic sectors.
These two resignations come only a few weeks after Transport Minister Norman MacMillan and Yvon Vallières, minister responsible for Canadian intergovernmental affairs, announced they would be leaving politics.
Charest said on Monday that the loses suffered by his party are similar to those seen within the Parti Quebecois. He said people leaving their positions is a normal part of the political world.