MNA Liberal Quebec Nicole Ménard, Jean Rousselle and Hélène David are the latest to announce that they will not be running for re-election on October 3, following the announcement from Québec Solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion on Friday.
Ménard, Liberal critic for international relations and la francophonie, served five mandates as MNA for South Shore riding Laporte and minister of tourism under former Prime Minister Jean Charest.
David has spent eight years as a Liberal MNA, first driving Montreal in Outremont and then Marguerite-Bourgeoys in LaSalle. She held several ministerial portfolios in Phlippe Couillard’s Liberal government, including culture, French, higher education and women’s status.
Rouselle, MNA for Laval, Que., who has ridden Vimont for the past 10 years, has held several roles of parliamentary secretary and official opposition critic, most recently as a Liberal agriculture critic.
Just days before announcing that she would not be running again, Rouselle lodged a complaint with Laval police, reporting that she was assaulted by two young men in her office building.
In a statement, Quebec Liberal Party Leader Dominique Anglade and her caucuses thanked each MNA for their contribution to the party and Quebec society.
The three are only the latest MNA Liberals to confirm they will not run again, following announcements from former Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, former ministers Christine St-Pierre, Lise Thériault and Francine Charbonneau and MNA Monique Sauvé.
Dorion to focus on activism, art
Dorion, the MNA for downtown Quebec City drives Taschereau, said she would not be running for re-election so she could dedicate more time to activism.
Québec solidaire (QS) MNA made an announcement in 15 minute video posted to Facebook on Friday, calling it a love letter to the people of his constituency.
He said he wanted to continue fighting for a cause close to his heart, but in a different way.
“I wanted to advocate on the pitch, in the theater and in bars, in books and through people, and I wanted to devote all my time to it,” he said.
“I fought for four years to bring art back into politics; now what I want to do is take some of my political experience and bring it back to where I came from, to art and popular education. Because if the field of institutional politics clearly needs a warrior, the field of art needs them too.”
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He said he hoped someone else like him would have the courage to take his place.
“I know that politics isn’t always tempting, it can be unpleasant and so on,” he said. “But it’s like a plate: at some point, someone has to do it.”
MNA will receive inquiries from the media on Monday morning, its spokesman said, adding that the announcement was not an April Fools’ joke.
Dorion was elected in 2018 among nine other QS candidates, including six who claimed the seat in Montreal. He was the first QS candidate to take part in equestrian events in the Quebec City area, and was a longtime successor to Parti Québécois MNA Agns Maltais.
The MNA for equestrian which includes downtown Quebec City as well as Montcalm, Saint-Roch and Saint-Sauveur was the first at the party to announce that he would not be running again.
“Catherine will remain a strong voice for the left, you will continue to hear her bring her different vision into the Quebec public sphere,” the party wrote on Friday, confirming her departure.
Quebec Solidaire has announced several new candidates in recent weeks, including immigration attorney Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, who will run in Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne driving southwest of Montreal, and medical specialist Mélissa Généreux, who will run in Saint-Germain. – François rode in the East Township.
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