Le Devoir newspaper says the premier gave her Education minister a gentle nudge out the door in order to free up the riding of Taillon for a new candidate.
Marie Malavoy, who has been a dutiful PQ MNA and minister for decades, choked up when she officially announced her departure yesterday. "Why was is this announcement late? It's because there were agreements that needed to be finished up with the person who is supposed to be the [next] candidate. And what was I promised? The answer is simple. It's nothing."
However, reports say Pauline Marois convinced her old friend to step aside in favour of Diane Lamarre, the president of Quebec's order of pharmacists. A "win" for the PQ in the south shore riding is virtually guaranteed.
Marie Malavoy is 65 years old, and though Le Devoir is reporting that she is in good health, it also says she has been tired in recent weeks and that the task for the PQ's next Education minister will be taxing.
The person would be expected to confront schoolboards on their tax hike, and possibly force amalgamations. The paper is speculating that the current Language minister, Diane De Courcy, could be given the job.