Newsmaker: Leo Bureau-Blouin, PQ candidate
Published Thursday, July 26, 2012 2:10PM EDT
Leo Bureau-Blouin came to prominence in Quebec during the tuition protests this spring.
He was the head of FECQ, Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec, an umbrella group of two dozen student associations.
This week he announced he would be running for the Parti Quebecois as a candidate in the riding of Laval-des-Rapides.
When asked, he said entering politics at the age of 20 was not something that he had planned.
"It never really crossed my mind to make the jump into politics, but through my student engagement I talked to thousands of people who had lost their trust," said Bureau-Blouin.
"I asked myself if I could do more... to give people a little hope."
Bureau-Blouin is a strong supporter of the sovereignty movement, but says his main priority will be, if elected, to represent youth in Quebec.
"Ten per cent of Quebec's electorate are form 18 to 24 years old, but none of them are representend in the National Assembly," said Bureau-Blouin.
He is not worried that his youth and lack of experience will be a deterrent to voters, and said that he will be campaigning with another former PQ candidate for the riding.
Watch the full video to hear everything said by Bureau-Blouin.