Couillard receives important endorsement as Quebec Liberal leadership candidate
Veteran Liberal cabinet ministers Pierre Moreau, Philippe Couillard and Yves Bolduc are all considered possibilities to vie for crown of the Quebec Liberal Party. (CP file photos).
Published Thursday, September 27, 2012 4:46PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 28, 2012 11:16AM EDT
QUEBEC - Former Health Minister Philippe Couillard received an important nod from a party bigwig Thursday in his quest to succeed Jean Charest as leader of the Quebec Liberal Party.
Lafontaine MNA Marc Tanguay, a past president of the party, said that he was “very favourable” to Couillard’s candidature.
The support from a past president, who left the post just two weeks ago, is seen as an indication that the party establishment would like Couillard to take the leadership.
Other likely leadership candidates include Raymond Bachand and Pierre Moreau
But Tanguay is behind Couillard.
“Based on my analysis, I’m very, very favourable to what Couillard can offer to the leadership of the Quebec Liberal Party and Quebec,” said Tanguay.
Tanguay said, however, that he did not want the leadership contest to be a coronation, as a leadership contest would allow for debates, renew the party’s program and energize supporters.
Three potential leadership candidates have been testing the waters in recent days.
Former Finance Minister Raymond Bachard is holding a press conference Friday morning to reveal his plans and Former Transport Minister Pierre Moreau is expected to do the same in coming days.
Most MNAs have not expressed a preference for one candidate over another, but Louis-Hebert MNA Sam Hamad has also come out in favour of Couillard.
Bachand has the stated support of Trois-Rivieries MNA Danielle St-Amand and former Minister of Culture Christine St-Pierre.