Quebec 21 loses its director of cabinet

Zoe Couture, Official Opposition Warden at City Hall, leaves office. She will be replaced by the current special adviser to the party, former councilman Richard Côté.
The leader of the official opposition, Jean-François Gosselin, made the announcement on Thursday, in a statement signed jointly with Ms. Couture.

She joined the Gosselin team in 2018 as Director of Communications. She was formerly the cabinet director of the Mayor of Lévis, Gilles Lehouillier, since October 2015. She began her political career as press secretary to the former Liberal Minister for Transport, Jean D’Amours.

“Exercising natural leadership upon her arrival, Ms. Couture played a leading role on my team. A passionate and dedicated professional, she has brilliantly met her mandate to unify the firm’s organizational structure and strengthen the media power of our political party, “writes Mr. Gosselin.

“I had the privilege of working with an honest and genuine politician who cares about the interests of the people,” adds Couture. We have worked on major files and I am convinced that Mr. Gosselin, with his experienced team, will be able to present the solid and compelling vision that the people of Quebec aspire to, “said the one who goes on to explore other” professional horizons “. .

Starting August 16th, Richard Côté, former councilor with Team Labeaume, will take his place. “It is with pleasure that I accepted the position. I intend to put my experience to the benefit of this young team and continue to build our vision for 2021. ”

Mr. Côté joined the Qc21 team in February as a special advisor. Mr. Gosselin had mandated him to restructure the party, badly damaged after weeks of turmoil that led to the resignation of five members of its board of directors.

The new director is known for his involvement in the municipal political sphere for nearly 20 years. He was an advisor to the former city of Vanier in 1995, then of the new city of Quebec from 2002. He held the position of vice-president of the executive committee at the City of Quebec and president of ExpoCité. from 2007 to 2013.

He was responsible for Human Resources, Public Safety, Collective Bargaining, Assessment Role Audits, Finance, the Three Year Capital Works Program and the Budget.

He is Qc21’s third chief of staff since his arrival on the municipal scene in October 2017. The first to occupy this position was Martin Paquet, appointed on a temporary basis, affirmed the political formation after his departure in October 2018. Mme Couture then took over. She had been in office for only nine months.

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