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Quebec's Minister of Health Gaetan Barrette smiles as he signs documents after being appointed by Premier Philippe Couillard during a swearing-in ceremony at the National Assembly in Quebec City, April 23, 2014.
Quebec's Minister of Health Gaetan Barrette smiles as he signs documents after being appointed by Premier Philippe Couillard during a swearing-in ceremony at the National Assembly in Quebec City, April 23, 2014.
(MATHIEU BELANGER/Reuters)

Quebec’s new health minister is overweight. Does it affect his job?

Quebec’s new health minister Gaétan Barrette is obese – morbidly obese even.

Does it matter?

Within minutes of the high-profile physician being appointed to oversee the $31.3-billion Ministry of Health and Social Services, there was a “Petition For A Healthy Health Minister” circulating that urged Dr. Barrette to change his lifestyle and slim down “to regain credibility with the public.”