On 9 July, President Lucien Bouchard met with the leaders of the three parties. Before the talks began, Benoit Charette and Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet confirmed they both wanted to be Prime Minister, while Francis Scarpaleggia declined a second term and resigned as Leader of the Liberal Party. Several minor parties, that are not represented in the National Assembly voiced their support for both Socialists and Republicans, most notably the Green Party supporting the Socialists. Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet did not rule out a grand coalition with the Republicans and/or the Socialists during the talks.
The formerly opposition, Republicans, began talks with the Liberals to form a government mandate, with disagreements on major economic policies and though, it seemed unlikely the parties which were formerly enemies would now ally with each other. Either party did not rule out a confidence and supply agreement however. As Francis Scarpaleggia had now resigned as the leader of his party, Jean-Yves Duclos, as became interim leader and thus was the main figure who took part in the negotiations for the Liberals.
The now second placed, seats wise, Socialists were also bidding to get in to government. President Bouchard invited the Socialists and Liberals for coalition talks, however they both disagreed on foreign policy, with the Socialists taking a more isolationist and alter-globalization approach with a soft, left-wing nationalism strand in their policy, being firmly against NAFTA. After this attempt at a two-party coalition government failing, President Bouchard, announced he would discuss the last alternative coalition.
In the days following up the second round of coalition talks, President Bouchard brought all three parliamentary parties to the negotiating table to discuss a grand coalition. With a split cabinet, and independent Prime Minister. With discussion of a grand coalition, many no-compromise voters sought to leave their parties for a more radical alternative.
Talks between the three, continued swiftly and an agreement was soon reached. Law professor, Marc Gold was soon decided upon to head the grand coalition. On 31 July, he was given the mandate to form a government and on 1 August he was sworn in. He is the first ever Prime Minister of Quebec to not be a member of the National Assembly and also the oldest Prime Minister of Quebec (at the time of his inauguration.)
Marc Gold, is a Quebec-er law professor and politician serving as the current Prime Minister of Quebec since August 1, 2018.
A professor of law, Gold was first proposed, on July 30, 2018, for the role of Prime Minister as the head of a grand coalition between all three parliamentary parties (the Popular Republican Movement, Socialist Party and Liberal Party.) The day after the grand coalition was agreed, Gold was sworn in by Lucien Bouchard as Prime Minister. Gold's cabinet, formed by a grand coalition was the first in Quebec history to be formed, he is the first Prime Minister to not serve in the National Assembly and first to have not served a prior government or administrative office or service.