Youth protection: François Legault chooses Regine Laurent

The former leader of the Federation of Nurses of Quebec (FIQ), Régine Laurent, will chair the future special commission on youth protection.
His name had been circulating for a few days, but the announcement was made by Prime Minister François Legault in his Twitter feed on Friday.

The opposition parties said this week they were not informed by the government of the process of setting up the commission, and had expressed their wish to participate.

Friday afternoon, the Liberal Party (PLQ), Quebec Solidaire (QS) and the Parti Québécois (PQ) issued a joint communiqué, a rare thing, to express their disappointment.

It says that they had agreed, following a meeting Thursday afternoon, that “decisions would be made by consensus of the four political parties.”

The opposition suggests that the Minister for Health, Lionel Carmant, did not understand the united message in favor of transpartisanship.

This special commission follows the death of a seven-year-old girl from Granby who was abused. The Directorate of Youth Protection (DPJ) subsequently found itself in controversy, criticized from all sides.

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