Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust reportedly quits, cites conflict with premier

Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust's resignation prompted a cabinet shuffle on Saturday, August 20, 2016.
Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust tables a legislation on taxi transportation at the National Assembly in Quebec City, Thursday, May 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust has reportedly quit politics, citing a conflict with Premier Philippe Couillard, according to LaPresse.

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This comes after the premier insisted he would need “serious and urgent answers” from his senior minister about the 2014 sale of Investissement Quebec’s shares in Rona.

Oppositions parties have been calling for Daoust’s resignation after an auditor general’s report revealed Daoust personally authorized the sale.

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Couillard apparently, for the first time since the controversy broke in June, did not jump to Daoust’s defence.

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At the time, Daoust insisted the auditor general was mistaken, and said he stands by his original comments, denying that he was consulted on the sale by Lowe’s, the company that bought Rona.

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Despite this, the Premier issued a statement thanking Daoust for all of his work over the last few years, more notably in the financial sector.

“We salute his devotion and contribution to Quebec’s economy,” Couillard wrote.

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