The Coalition Avenir Québec will support strong measures, but as François Legault said: “We’ll judge the tree by the fruit” – meaning the Couillard Liberals have a chance now to do what’s best for Quebec and we’ll back what works if he steps up.

From Maclean’s: Philippe Couillard risks making the same mistakes as Charest

In Finance Minister Carlos Leitao, Couillard has recruited one of the world’s best economists, according to a 2008 Bloomberg News economic survey. And Couillard’s choice for treasury board president is telling: Martin Coiteux is a professor and former senior economist with the Bank of Canada, and one of the more outspoken critics of Quebec’s all-encompassing government.

The nebbish yet punchy academic is also an unlikely lightning rod for many on the left. Parti Québécois MNA Jean-François Lisée recently labelled him a “neo-conservative” who will foist American (or, gasp, Canadian) economic principles on the province. Coiteux is arguably an odd fit for the Liberals, the very party that birthed the interventionist “Quebec model” in the 1960s. He is more in the vein of Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault, whose right-of-centre party has criticized Quebec’s high taxes and low productivity.

 

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