There's one notable absence as the National Assembly resumes sitting Tuesday for the first time since the April 7 election — rookie Parti Québécois MNA Pierre Karl Péladeau won't be there.
The MNA for St. Jerome suffered multiple fractures while riding a bicycle in the Eastern Townships on Sunday, and is now recovering at the CHUS hospital in Sherbrooke.
A statement from the party says he was riding along a road in the Townships when the accident happened — though there are few specifics as to exactly what happened.
"In the name of all of my Parti Québécois colleagues, I wish Pierre Karl Péladeau a speedy recovery," the statement from interim party leader Stéphane Bédard said. "We hope to see him quickly by our sides at the National Assembly, but until then, he needs all of his time to get his strength back."
Péladeau himself says that while he's disappointed with having to miss the opening of the National Assembly, he says he's still hard at work, even while he's convalescing.
"I remain very involved when it comes to my role as member for St. Jerome, thanks to the daily communications I have with people in my riding," he says. "I will continue to involve myself in their dossiers, as well as those on the parliamentary agenda."