André Lamontagne is at the centre of controversy again, this time for his reference to «a few ayatollahs» in the Environment Ministry.
Premier François Legault “has a choice to make” concerning the future of Agriculture Minister André Lamontagne, the opposition Parti Québécois said on Monday.
Lamontagne, already the target of criticism over the firing of a civil servant, created more waves on Saturday during a speech to a convention of the Union Paysanne, an association of small agricultural producers.
During his speech, Lamontagne made reference to “a few ayatollahs” in the Environment Ministry when it came to agriculture.
For Sylvain Roy, the PQ’s agriculture critic, Lamontagne’s accumulation of slip-ups poses the question of whether he actually understands what’s at stake.
In an interview Monday with the Presse Canadienne — and without calling directly for Lamontagne’s resignation — Roy recalled that Legault fired MarieChantal Chassé from the environment portfolio simply for having a communications problem.
Roy said he wondered what kind of judgement Legault used while creating his cabinet, and believes the premier should address Lamontagne’s latest gaffe.