National Assembly proceedings
On August 30, 2019, Sebastien Proulx announced his resignation as the Member for Jean-Talon. On September 5, 2019, the Leader of the Official Opposition appointed the Member for LaFontaine, Marc Tanguay, to succeed him as House Leader of their party. Following this resignation, the composition of the Assembly now stands as follows: Coalition Avenir Quebec: 75 Members; Quebec Liberal Party: 28 Members; Quebec solidaire: 10 Members; Parti Quebecois: 9 Members; and Independent Members: 2 Members. One seat is currently vacant.
Ever since proceedings resumed on September 17, 2019, three Government public bills and two Private Members' bills have been introduced in the National
* Bill 35: An Act to modernize certain rules relating to land registration and to facilitate the dissemination of geospatial information;
* Bill 38: An Act amending certain Acts establishing public sector pension plans;
* Bill 39: An Act to establish a new electoral system;
* Bill 199: An Act to amend the Environment Quality Act to establish a right of citizen initiative in environmental matters and reinforce the powers and independence of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement; and
* Bill 490: An Act to establish the gradual electrification of Quebec's vehicle fleet.
Appointment of an Acting Secretary General
On September 17,2019, Francois Arsenault, Director General of Parliamentary Affairs, was appointed on the advice of the Premier as Acting Secretary General of the National Assembly of Quebec until October 22, 2019. Mr. Arsenault is a lawyer by training and has been working for the National Assembly since 2002. He succeeds Michel Bonsaint, Secretary General from 2010 to 2019, who was appointed by Cabinet as the Quebec representative in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris.
Removal of the crucifix from the National Assembly Chamber
On July 9, 2019, the National Assembly removed the crucifix from the National Assembly Chamber in accordance with a motion unanimously adopted on March 28, 2019. The crucifix was installed in 1982 and replaced an earlier one hung in 1936.
Both crucifixes have since been placed in a museum display case in one of the alcoves near the entrance of the National Assembly Chamber to preserve them and highlight their importance to Quebec's parliamentary heritage.