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Quebec's Premier Philippe Couillard shakes the hand of the Minister of Finance Carlos Leitao after the inaugural speech at the National Assembly in Quebec City, May 21, 2014.
Quebec's Premier Philippe Couillard shakes the hand of the Minister of Finance Carlos Leitao after the inaugural speech at the National Assembly in Quebec City, May 21, 2014.
(MATHIEU BELANGER/REUTERS)

Couillard’s ordinary agenda means big changes for Quebec

Instead of voicing the ambition of a nation, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard set out to lower the expectations of the state.

After 18 months of a Parti Québécois government under Pauline Marois, the values charter and identity politics, the new Liberal premier laid out a plan for four years dealing with far more workaday concerns.