The Prime Minister must lighten the tasks of Geneviève Guilbault, believes Pierre Arcand
Public Security Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Genviève Guilbault apologized to former office staff on Wednesday.
On Monday, she boasted that she fired members of her political staff for incompetence, which sparked an uproar, particularly in the opposition. She found herself breaking an unwritten rule that one should not publicly blame her employees for incompetence, according to many.
In scrum Wednesday morning before going to the meeting of the council of ministers, Ms. Guilbault, admitted: “I should have used other terms and I apologize if it could offend people.”
The official opposition is demanding that Ms. Guilbault pay for this fault. According to the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Pierre Arcand, Prime Minister François Legault must withdraw the Public Security portfolio from Geneviève Guilbault,.
He feels that he is in crisis because he has too much on his shoulders, with his role as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Safety and Minister responsible for the National Capital.
Liberal MP Christine St-Pierre said on Tuesday that Ms. Guilbault had missed “heart” and “savoir-vivre”. Four people have left Ms. Guilbault’s office since the spring, including her chief of staff.
Mr. Arcand added a layer on Wednesday, when he arrived at the presidential caucus of his political party in Bromont, Estrie. According to him, Ms. Guilbault has serious management problems, so the Prime Minister has no choice but to ease his tasks.
“Clearly, the minister does not seem to be able to do the job,” he said in an impromptu press.
He also accuses the Legault government of standing idle in front of the numerous problems of police forces in Quebec.
The Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC) has been without a permanent leader since Robert Lafrenière announced his resignation on October 1, 2018, the day of the provincial election.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has also been without a permanent leader since its director Martin Prud’homme was relieved of his duties seven months ago for reasons still unknown.
“I think there are serious problems, clearly,” said Mr. Arcand. I am asking this morning that François Legault take up the issue of Public Security, because obviously, when we look at the situation that is before us today, we realize that it has been a year no one at UPAC, we have a director general of the SQ who was suspended without knowing after several months why, we have an acting deputy director who is leaving very soon. I think there are management issues, and we have a minister who is struggling in his office, obviously, with a lot of problems. “