Quebec Ink

    Quebec Ink: Mired in controversy, province’s economic minister Fitzgibbon remains defiant

    Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon at a news conference in Quebec City in April 2020. The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot

    MONTREAL — Pierre Fitzgibbon’s dubious stroll into Quebec’s history books took roughly two minutes. 

    On Nov. 12, Quebec’s National Assembly voted on a motion to censure Fitzgibbon, the province’s minister of economy and innovation, for “placing himself in a situation where his personal interest could influence his independence of judgment in the exercise of his office,” as Quebec’s ethics commissioner wrote in a report. After a fanfare-free roll call, the motion passed, marking the first time in Quebec’s parliamentary history that its National Assembly sanctioned a government minister.

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