Quebec Premier François Legault has named another sovereignist who will carry his party’s flag in the fall elections.
Legault on Sunday confirmed the nomination of Caroline St-Hilaire, a former Bloc Québécois deputy and mayor of Longueuil, Qué., as a candidate in Sherbrooke Riding, one of the province’s largest cities.
St-Hilaire, who was a bloc deputy for Longueuil and Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher from 1997 to 2008 before being mayor of Longueuil from 2009 to 2017, is known to be a prominent sovereigntist and has repeatedly criticized the priorities of the Legault government in last.
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The news comes two days after the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) revealed that Bernard Drainville, a former minister from the pro-sovereignty Party Québécois, will announce his own candidacy next week.
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The provincial Liberal Party suggests that the influx of pro-sovereignty candidates is a sign that the CAQ is not so secretly interested in campaigning for Quebec independence.
The CAQ, however, has responded to concerns by saying that it is a national party that does not promote sovereignty.
Sherbrooke is currently represented by Christine Labrie of Québec Solidaire, who won in 2018 with 34 percent of the vote and is now running for re-election.
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