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In Pictures: Five PQ politicians to watch

Pauline Marois must build a cabinet that not only reflects her stated commitment to a 'sovereigntist' government, but that allows her minority to implement an ambitious and controversial agenda

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Bernard Drainville: The award winning Radio-Canada reporter was faithful to Pauline Marois during last year’s leadership crisis. She will reward him. This former page at the House of Commons, who studied politics at the University of Ottawa and at the London School of Economics, could inherit intergovernmental affairs or a bigger portfolio. Whichever the case, the rest of Canada will have to reckon with this hardline sovereigntist.

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Réjean Hébert: The former dean of the faculty of medicine at Sherbrooke University is a renowned researcher for his work on geriatrics and Alzheimer’s disease. As Quebec is faced with a rapidly aging population, the expertise of this 57-year-old doctor is highly relevant. A sure bet as Health Minister.

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Jean-François Lisée: He has been navigating between journalism, politics and academia throughout his career. But politics is a hard drug for this former advisor to Premiers Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard, who decided to run so that Quebec could claim its independence. No matter which portfolio he will inherit, you can expect him to pick a fight with Ottawa at every turn to create “wining conditions.”

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Diane De Courcy: At the head of a party that promotes a secular school, Diane De Courcy lead the Montreal School Board for the past 12 years. Within the PQ MNAs, no one knows the education system better than her. But this longtime Ahuntsic resident could also become the new minister for Montreal.

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Nicolas Marceau: This former economics professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal has been the PQ’s finance critic for two years. This researcher with a doctorate from Queen’s University has no business or governmental experience, although he worked closely with the Séguin commission on public finances in2001. He is widely seen as the next Finance Minister.

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