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Quebec Liberal Pierre Arcand stripped of shadow cabinet roles after Barbados trip

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Quebec Liberal member Pierre Arcand has been removed from his shadow cabinet positions in the national assembly after vacationing in Barbados while the COVID-19 pandemic surged in the province.

In a statement issued Monday, the party said he will “no longer” be the official opposition’s critic for transportation.

The Mont-Royal–Outremont MNA has also been stripped of his position to represent the Quebec Liberals on Montreal issues.

“These functions will be reassigned later,” the party said.

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The move comes a few days after it was revealed that Arcand was vacationing down south with his wife despite pleas from the federal and provincial governments to avoid non-essential travel and travel out of the country.

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Arcand, for his part, said he regretted his decision and that he underwent two coronavirus tests, for which he tested negative.

In a statement on Dec. 29, he also pledged to “scrupulously” respect the 14-day self-isolation period required by the federal government for travellers who return to the country from abroad.

After his vacation came to light, he was ordered home by the party’s leader.

A spokesperson for Quebec Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade said Monday she would not comment on the decision to remove Arcand from her shadow cabinet.

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With files from Global News’ Raquel Fletcher and The Canadian Press

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