Couillard officially becomes Quebec premier

Philippe Couillard has officially become Quebec premier after being sworn in at a ceremony this afternoon.

QUEBEC — Philippe Couillard has officially become Quebec premier after being sworn in at a ceremony this afternoon.

His deputy premier will be Lise Theriault, who will also be public security minister.

Rookie politician Carlos Leitao has been named finance minister.

Leitao is a former chief economist with the Laurentian Bank.

Couillard’s Liberals won 70 of the province’s 125 ridings in the April 7 election.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, he should be premier for more than four years because the next general election is set for October 2018.

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