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Picard claps back at `superminister of the economy’ conjecture

 By Marc Lalonde  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter When Quebec Premier Francois Legault appointed Pierre Fitzgibbon to the portfolio of economy and energy as minister last week, discussion of handing Fitzgibbon a `superministry’ down the road for Quebec economic development continued — a notion that makes one First Nations leader very uncomfortable. “This would be very bad news for First Nations, who have nothing to gain from a superminister for economy,” said Assembly of First Nations for Quebec and Labrador Chief Ghislain Picard. Picard said the strained relationship between the government and First Nations in Quebec gives him pause given the `particularly difficult’ relationship First Nations have had with Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec government. Faced with an oft-oppositional relationship with the provincial government, the AFNQL has chosen to get into business with

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