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Robert Dutil, former Quebec cabinet minister, retiring from National Assembly

Former Quebec cabinet minister Robert Dutil is leaving the National Assembly to take a job with a construction company.

Liberal MNA for Beauce-Sud previously served as minister of transport and public safety

Robert Dutil says he's leaving politics to take a job in the private sector. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

Former Quebec cabinet minister Robert Dutil is leaving the National Assembly to take a job in the private sector. 

Dutil, the Liberal MNA for Beauce-Sud, made the announcement on Facebook today.

"I made the extremely difficult decision after I was presented with a professional opportunity," he said.

Dutil will take over as senior vice-president of the construction company Canam-ponts later this month. 

Dutil previously served as revenue minister and public safety minister.

Premier Philippe Couillard is required to call a by-election to fill his seat within six months.

Dutil's announcement follows several high-profile resignations from the provincial Liberals this year including Gilles Ouimet, Marguerite Blais and Yves Bolduc. 

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