Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallée won’t seek re-election

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WATCH: Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee announced today that she won’t run in next fall’s provinicial elections. She says she wants to spend more time with her family – Feb 28, 2018

Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallée will not run again in this year’s provincial election.

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Vallée held a news conference in Quebec City Wednesday to say she wants to focus on her family and on her private life.

“I’ve been an MNA for the last 11 years in Quebec City going back and forth between the Outaouais. I have a big riding. I’m not home most of the time, I’m not with my family. I’m not with my spouse and I want to spend more time with them. it’s as basic as this.

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She has been on the hot seat in recent years, dealing with the management of the justice system following a Supreme Court ruling on delays in cases getting to trial.

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Vallée was also tasked with the difficult job of adopting the legislation on face coverings.

“(Bill) 62 was a difficult road, but I don’t regret it at all and I’m very proud of what was done,” she said during the press conference.

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She has represented the riding of Gatineau since 2007.

“She is a very experienced and dedicated woman,” Premier Philippe Couillard said Wednesday. “I was happy and proud when I decided to nominate a young woman as minister of justice in Quebec.”

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Five other Liberal members have declared they won’t run again, while a handful of others are mulling their future.


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