The appointment of François-Philippe Champagne at the head of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Industry, Tuesday, was welcomed in Mauricie.
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“This is excellent news,” exclaimed the mayor of Shawinigan, Michel Angers. The mayor of Trois-Rivières was also delighted about the thing, stressing the economic tandem that Mr. Champagne will form with his colleague Mélanie Joly, holder of the Ministry of Economic Development.
Even the leader of the Bloc Québécois, resident of the riding of Saint-Maurice-Champlain, welcomed the arrival of his member to his new position. “From a regional perspective, that François-Philippe has an economic file, which would require him less, if necessary, to be traveling, it is good news”, declared Yves-François Blanchet.
The main interested party says he wants to tackle the priorities of the moment. “Clearly, what are the two issues of the day for people? We have had a difficult year in 2020, we are entering 2021… It’s health and the economy, ”observed Minister Champagne.
The arrival of MP Omar Alghabra at the head of the Ministry of Transport is also attracting attention in Mauricie. The high-frequency train and airport files have been relegated to the rear since the start of the pandemic, but the president of the Trois-Rivières Chamber of Commerce and Industry says he wants to put the new minister aware of local issues.
In the meantime, a portfolio of more than $ 8 billion and the challenge of an economic recovery await Minister Champagne in his new functions. Unless the call of an election comes to shuffle the cards again.