Quebec Liberals shuffle shadow cabinet

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Quebec Liberal Leader Marc Tanguay announced “adjustments to responsibilities” of opposition critics on Monday evening, moving the dossiers of immigration, the Montreal region and relations with anglophone Quebecers into new hands, and giving more work to two West Island MNAs.

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Under the changes, Jeanne-Mance-Viger MNA Filomena Rotiroti becomes the new critic for the metropolis, while remaining the opposition’s chief whip. Her previous responsibility of immigration, francisation and integration shifts to Nelligan MNA Monsef Derraji, who also holds on to the jobs of house leader and critic for ethics, democratic institutions and the Election Act.

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Bourassa-Sauvé MNA Madwa-Nika Cadet, the previous critic for the metropolis, remains critic for labour, youth and the French language.

Meanwhile, Jacques-Cartier MNA Gregory Kelley takes on the role of critic for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, in addition to his previous portfolios of energy, natural resources, social solidarity and community action. Notre-Dame-de-Grâce MNA Désirée McGraw, who previously had the anglo relations role, remains critic for parks, the environment and Canadian relations.

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Tanguay did not give reasons for the shifts in responsibilities.

The Liberal Party has 19 seats in the National Assembly, having lost two since the election with the expulsion of Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols (who now sits as an independent) and the resignation of former leader Dominique Anglade.

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