Usually made up of members of the Quebec National Assembly, the Cabinet is similar in structure and role to the Cabinet of Canada, while being smaller in size. As federal and provincial responsibilities differ, there are a number of portfolios that differ between the federal and provincial governments.
The Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, as representative of the Queen in Right of Quebec, heads the Council, and is referred to as the Governor-in-Council. Other members of the Cabinet, who advise, or minister, the vice-regal, are selected by the Premier of Quebec, and appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor. Most Cabinet Ministers are the head of a ministry, but this is not always the case.
As at the federal level, the most important Cabinet post, after that of the prime minister or premier, is Minister of Finance. Today, the next most powerful position is the Health Portfolio, which has a vast budget and is of central political import. Other powerful portfolios include education and energy.
The current Cabinet has been in place since soon after the 2003 election, with the formation of a government by the Quebec Liberal Party. A major cabinet shuffle was implemented on February 18, 2005, It was shuffled again, and significantly reduced, after the election of March 26, 2007 which resulted in a minority government for the Liberals.
|His Honour The Honourable Pierre Duchesne||(2007-)|
|Premier of Quebec|
and Minister responsible for Youth Issues
|Deputy Premier of Quebec|
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions
|Minister of Aboriginal Affairs||Pierre Corbeil||(2008-)|
|Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries||Laurent Lessard||(2007-)|
|Minister of Culture and Communications||Christine St-Pierre||(2007-)|
|Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade||Raymond Bachand||(2007-)|
|Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports||Michelle Courchesne||(2007-)|
|Minister of the Environment||Line Beauchamp||(2007-)|
|Minister of Finance|
and Chair of the Treasury Board
|Minister of Government Services||Dominique Vien||(2008-)|
|Minister of Health and Social Services||Yves Bolduc||(2008-)|
|Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities||Yolande James||(2007-)|
|Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs||Jacques Dupuis||(2008-)|
|Minister of International Relations||Pierre Arcand||(2008-)|
|Minister of Justice||Kathleen Weil||(2008-)|
|Minister of Labour||David Whissell||(2007-)|
|Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife||Claude Béchard||(2007-)|
|Minister of Revenue||Robert Dutil||(2008-)|
|Minister of Seniors' Affairs||Marguerite Blais||(2007-)|
|Minister of Tourism||Nicole Ménard||(2008-)|
|Minister for Transport (Quebec)||Julie Boulet||(2007-)|
|President of the Liberal Caucus||Yvon Vallières||(2007-)|
|Government Whip||Norman MacMillan||(2007-)|