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A former VP of the National Bank appointed minister of Finance

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Denis Méthot

October 19, 2018 11:30

Eric Girard, the new Finance minister of Quebec | Photo : Denis Méthot

It is a banker 51 years old, Eric Girard, who took the reins yesterday the ministry of Finance in replacement of Carlos Leitão, in which the government has been defeated in the elections of the 1st of October last.

Mr. Girard was born in Sept-Îles, he grew up in Quebec and studied in Montreal. He holds a Bachelor of science Joint Honours in Economics and Finance from theMcGill University and a master’s degree in economics from theUniversity of Quebec in Montreal.

Vice-president and treasurer of the National Bank

He was vice-president and treasurer of the National Bank before making the jump into politics for the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ). He had sought to be elected for the conservative Party of Canada federal election in 2015. Defeated, he was returned to the National Bank after his defeat, but did it again a second attempt to get elected, this time with the Coalition Avenir Quebec in the riding of Groulx.

This second test was good, and its leader François Legault has entrusted to him the portfolio of Finance, one of the ministries in the government. Mr. Girard has over 25 years of experience in the field of investment and financial services. It driver, therefore, a ministry in which he can slide very quickly from the first days.

Already at work

Its chief put pressure in the time that followed his appointment to the national Assembly on Thursday. Speaking at the conclusion of the presentation of his Council of ministers, the new prime minister has indicated that one of the goals of his young government would be to deliver very quickly to the money in the wallet of families and retirees.

Questioned by the Journal of insurance at the end of the ceremony he planned to revisit some of the articles or provisions of bills 141 and 150, Mr. Girard indicated that these two files had not been raised during the election campaign and that it would take knowledge of the important topics that he will give his deputy ministers, to find out.

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