LISTEN: New 'inclusiveness' minister Kathleen Weil talks with Tommy

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NDG MNA Kathleen Weil was returned to the Quebec cabinet on Wednesday, taking on the immigration portfolio she held for two years under former premier Jean Charest.

In Premier Philippe Couillard's new cabinet, however, her official title is now the minister for immigration, diversity and inclusiveness — the latter two parts of the mandate were added on purpose, with the turmoil of the recent debate over the PQ's secularism charter in mind.

"I'm very excited about this part of the mandate," Weil told CJAD's Tommy Schnurmacher Show. "I think we have an opportunity to repair a lot of the harm that was done."

She says the tone of the debate needs to change at the top.

"We saw a side of Quebec society that we hadn't seen so openly...you could probably instigate that kind of reaction in any society that considers itself a modern society, but it came out in the open."

She also says there's no need for a minister 'responsible' for anglos — to fill the role played by Jean-Francois Lisée in the previous PQ government.

"The approach the Liberals have always taken is that all ministers have a responsibility for the English-speaking community."

She also told Tommy that her first act as the the newly-re-elected MNA for NDG was a brief meeting with newly-appointed transport minister Robert Poeti about the continuing traffic problems in her riding — and the ones to come.

"As the MNA for NDG, I said 'this is going to be a priority for me', and he said, 'I hear you Kathleen, and we'll get down to work together to discuss the impact of Turcot and all the other work being done on the citizens of NDG.'"

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