With the coronavirus crisis, Dr. Arruda has become in a few months a well-known figure of Quebecers, who saw him every day on television alongside François Legault and the former Minister of Health and Social Services , Danielle McCann.
These daily appearances have ceased, with some exceptions, and the Prime Minister has taken advantage of the low point of the past few weeks to reorganize his troops.
Minister McCann gave up her seat last week to Christian Dubé. Deputy Minister Yvan Gendron was also replaced by Dominique Savoie, a senior public servant whose reputation had suffered greatly in 2016, but who was recently rehabilitated by the Legault government.
Uncertainty therefore hovered over the future of Dr. Arruda, whose mandate was to end on July 31. However, he was eventually reappointed as assistant deputy minister and national director of public health. This new three-year term will start on August 1.
Two other deputy ministers are also arriving at Mr. Dubé’s department: his former chief of staff Marie-Ève Bédard, who teamed up with him on the Conseil du trésor, and Jean Maître, who until recently worked as a consultant in private practice.
With the collaboration of Sébastien Bovet