Now that the two-week construction holidays are over, the Legault government is busy planning its agenda for the National Assembly’s fall sitting.
With fears of a potential second wave of COVID-19 on their minds, the government has instructed each ministry for their action and mitigation plans against a possible second wave. This has been flagged as their top priority.
As for the legislative agenda, CHG has learned that Premier Legault wants Bill 61, An Act to restart Québec’s economy and to mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency declared on 13 March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to be the first piece of legislation debated when MNAs return on September 15th. It remains unclear whether the Bill will be returned as is or reintroduced with some amendments and a new start communication wise.
The bill will now be guided through the legislative process by Sonia LeBel, the new President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Government Administration. Premier Legault is on record stating that the government has not ruled out using closure to pass the bill quickly to get priority infrastructure projects running and loosen some procurement rules to relaunch Québec’s economy. It is hoped that Minister LeBel’s credibility in fighting corruption in the construction industry will calm down fears of new corruption in fast tracking these projects.
Another hot file awaiting Minister LeBel is the upcoming negotiations with public sector employees. Given how powerful the unions are in Québec, the Legault government is reticent in rocking the boat at the moment when it comes to measure related to automation or the perception that they are looking to cut down the bureaucracy. They want to keep good optics. That being said, CHG is meeting with political staff and Ministers to discuss clients whose products would help the government’s goal of modernizing the administration of government and aid in their plans for digital transformation.
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