5 things you didn’t know about: Quebec’s Health Minister, Dr. Gaetan Barrette
Watch: Camille Ross interviews Quebec’s Health Minister Dr. Gaetan Barrette
MONTREAL — A hero for some and a polarizing figure for others, Dr. Gaetan Barrette, Quebec’s Health Minister with Quebec’s Liberal government is a force to be reckoned with.
Here are five things you may not have known about the co-author of the controversial “Dying with Dignity” bill.
1 – The Good Wife is his favourite TV show
When campaigning to become an MNA for the La Piniere riding back in April 2014, Dr. Barrette taped every single show he missed on the Global TV hit series, The Good Wife.
His family was banned from revealing any information, as they are all fans.
When the provincial election campaign was over, Barrette indulged in five hours of PVR’d episodes.
The reward for his patience? Skipping the commercials!
2 – As a child, his hero was Captain Kirk
“Live long and prosper,” Barrette jokingly noted.
He added that he also admired Dr. Spock (while making the Vulcan salute that characterizes his Star Trek hero).
3 – His favourite sports team is the Montreal Canadiens
When he’s not in the hustle and bustle of Quebec politics, you can find Dr. Barrette cheering for the Habs at the Bell Centre: he is a season ticket holder.
4 – His childhood dream was…
“To become a doctor (really)!”
However, Dr. Barrette said that he never thought he’d be involved in politics. “I was never the kind to run for class president” he confessed.
But the July-born cancerian said that a career in politics “was written in the stars” for him.
5 – His favourite season is fall
“For the light, for the sense of passing from one state to the other, the fuel of life,” he said
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