(Quebec) A fourth member of the Parti Québécois, from a seven-member caucus, is leaving politics at the end of his term. The MP in René-Lévesque on the north coast, Martin Ouellet, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
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The parliamentary leader of the Parti Québécois did so in his ride a few days after the end of the session of the National Assembly, but especially the day before the unveiling of the CAQ candidacy.
Premier François Legault will be in Baie-Comeau on Wednesday to announce that the city’s mayor, Yves Montigny, will wear his party’s colors in René-Lévesque in the October 3 elections. He is the brother of Éric Montigny, a professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Laval and a former adviser to Mario Dumont at Action Démocratique du Québec.
For a few weeks now, Martin Ouellet has been letting the suspense over his political future rest. He is waiting for the end of parliamentary work to call the right time.
“The reasons for my departure are purely personal,” he said at a press conference, reaffirming his support for chef Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.
“The time away from my family sapped my motivation and weighed the additional sacrifices on the scales. The past seven years have been exciting, but now it’s time to return to my family for more normalcy,” added the 45-year-old father of two. In 2015 he was elected in a by-election for the first time.
The MP regretted that “parliamentary work does not really take work-family balance into account”. A parliamentary reform that aimed, among other things, to promote this arbitration died on the regulatory paper. The government never convened the parliamentary committee responsible for examining this reform.
“If there is one [dont] I won’t get bored with my work in politics, it’s about commenting on the saga of F.-A. Gauthier ! launched the MP for René-Lévesque. He hopes one day for a “reliable crossing between the two shores” for Matane-Baie-Comeau-Godbout.
PQ members Sylvain Gaudreault (Jonquière), Véronique Hivon (Joliette) and Lorraine Richard (Duplessis, on the North Shore) have already announced their departure from political life.