Liberal Pierre Arcand still in trouble with party over holiday trip (Reports)

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QUEBEC — Quebec Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade has not yet pardoned her predecessor, Pierre Arcand, for taking a Christmas vacation in the south during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Announcing changes Friday to her shadow cabinet that questions government ministers, Anglade chose to not give Arcand any specific assignment.

He will continue to sit as the MNA for Mont-Royal—Outremont, but will not have any specific themes to deal with even if he served as the Liberal interim leader after Philippe Couillard left politics following the 2018 election.

After Anglade became leader in May 2020, she gave Arcand the role of transport critic and critic for Montreal.

Anglade handed the transport job to the MNA for Marquette, Enrico Ciccone, and Montreal to Jeanne-Mance—Viger MNA Filomena Rotiroti.

Arcand lost his job as critic following his decision to travel during Christmas to Barbados despite the urgings from the party that he respect provincial and federal recommendations to avoid non-essential travel.

Arcand is not the only MNA to have travelled despite the government’s recommendations. Coalition Avenir Québec MNA Youri Chassin travelled to Peru to visit his spouse. He did so after receiving permission from Premier François Legault’s chief of staff.

Earlier this week, Legault said Chassin would not be punished because the trip he took was deemed essential.

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