PQ cabinet minister Veronique Hivon steps down because of pregnancy
Parti Quebecois MLA Veronique Hivon walks to a news conference to announce her decision to resign as Public Health and Youth Protection minister because of her pregnancy Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the legislature in Quebec City. Hivon is followed by press attache Marie Joelle Cardonneau, left, and chief of cabinet Monique Richard, centre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Published Thursday, October 18, 2012 5:18PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 18, 2012 6:19PM EDT
MONTREAL--Parti Quebecois minister Veronique Hivon is resigning from cabinet because she is pregnant.
Hivon, 42, has been junior public health minister for a month or so since the PQ's election victory in September.
She is not vacating her seat in the Joliette riding north of Montreal she has represented since 2008.
Hivon told a news conference her doctors said she is at risk for health problems and that she needs to slow down.
"Of course, I want to do everything in my power to have a successful pregnancy, so that is what is governing me right now," said Hivon, who has a four-year-old adopted daughter.
"I think this has to take precedence."
Hivon said she has enjoyed her brief spell in cabinet and that it was a surprise when she found out she was pregnant.
She is still hoping for a long political career.
"I will come back in whatever circumstances....I will have challenges," Hivon added.