PODCAST: Agnès Maltais on sovereignty and Quebec politics

PODCAST: Agnès Maltais on sovereignty and Quebec politics

This is a recording of an article, written by Simon Jacobs, that first appeared in the July 2015 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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One of the first things people see when they enter the riding office of MNA Agnès Maltais is an old chair upholstered in blue cloth, with a high back, armrests, and a small brass wheel attached to the bottom of each leg. “Go sit in it,” suggests her secretary. “It’s her old seat from the National Assembly.” LiQ_Mag_July_2015_Cover

When the government installed new chairs in the Salon Bleu, MNAs were offered the chance to buy their old chair. The chair attests to Maltais’ longevity as a politician. She is one of the longest-sitting members of the Parti Québécois, in office since 1998. Before the recent PQ leadership race, she was the interim party leader and Official Opposition house leader.

Maltais has represented the riding of Taschereau in the Québec City region for 17 years. Her office, in the heart of the St-Roch district, is in the same complex as the Gabrielle-Roy library.

Maltais herself is something of a reference for other MNAs. She was minister of culture and communications from 1998 to 2001, delegate minister of health, social services and youth protection and delegate minister of employment (2001-2003), and president of the Opposition caucus (2003-2012). In the last PQ government, she was minister of labour, employment, and social solidarity, and minister responsible for the status of women.

Read the original article in full PQ MNA Agnès Maltais: Sovereignty in her head and heart

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About Author

Simon Jacobs

Originally from the UK, Simon Jacobs has been living in Quebec City since 1989. He played viola with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra for 20 years before moving on to become the Executive Director of the Morrin Centre. Currently studying for an MBA at Laval University, he is also a certified Quebec City tour guide and a historian specialising in the Jewish history of Quebec City. He is the current president of the Québec Anglophone heritage network.

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