Ministry Natural Resources and Wildlife, Quebec
Mr. Corbeil was elected Member of the National Assembly for Abitibi-Est on April 14, 2003. He first entered the Cabinet as Minister for Forests, Wildlife and Parks, and was responsible, in his new capacity, for overseeing the major forest management reform. One of his first initiatives was to set up the task force on the management of Québec’s public forests, chaired by Mr. Guy Coulombe.
Mr. Corbeil was also appointed Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions.
He became Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife on February 18 of this year. His new position has brought a number of challenges. Among other things, he was responsible for continuing the series of consultations on the future of energy and energy security in Québec, begun by his predecessor Mr. Sam Hamad. The consultations ultimately led to the new Québec Energy Strategy, published on May 4 last.
Mr. Corbeil is a member of two committees that play a vital role in the development of Québec, namely the Ministerial Committee on economic prosperity and sustainable development, and the Ministerial Committee on economic and regional development. And for good reason. The issues with which he deals on a daily basis – forestry, energy, mining, wildlife and land – have a direct impact on the regions of Québec.
Mr. Corbeil’s involvement in regional development is not new. Before stepping onto the provincial political stage, he held several key municipal, social and sports-related positions in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, with organizations such as the Val-d’Or Chamber of Commerce, the municipal council and Foreurs de Val-d’Or. For further details, please see: http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fra/Membres/notices/c/corp1.shtml