Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Couillard Replaces Cabinet Minister Pierre Moreau as He Battles Illness

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Couillard Replaces Cabinet Minister Pierre Moreau as He Battles Illness

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Pierre Moreau sidelined with illness

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QUEBEC - Premier Philippe Couillard tweaked his cabinet on Monday after Education Minister Pierre Moreau relinquished his major responsibilities because of health issues.

Moreau's office issued a statement saying his symptoms, clinical tests and medical imaging point to a neoplasia -- a new, uncontrolled growth of cells that suggests a tumour.

The nature of the growth is unclear.

The statement said biopsies are underway and Moreau's doctor has told him to substantially reduce his professional activities in the coming months in order to undergo treatment.

Moreau, 58, was named education minister at the end of January but did not attend the swearing-in ceremony because of illness.

He returned to work less than a week ago.

"It's sad news today," Couillard said. "Sad news that hits a brilliant man, a strong man, a man who is committed, committed in everything he does, as he will be in his fight against his illness. …

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