Victims' rights advocate Michel Surprenant will run for the Conservative party in the next federal election.

Surprenant will run in the Terrebonne-Blainville riding north of Montreal.

At a party rally on Wednesday evening Surprenant admitted he is not a natural politician and needs to work on his public speaking.

"You will understand that I talk from the heart, and with conviction," said Surprenant.

Suprenant's daughter Julie was abducted 15 years ago and has never been found. Soon afterward he began fighting for the rights of crime victims as a member of the Association of families of missing or killed people (AFPAD).

"The Conservative government was always there for victims of crime, and they keep their promises," said Surprenant.

Another notable member of AFPAD, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, was named to the Senate in 2010.

The current MP for Terrebonne-Blainville is Charmaine Borg of the NDP, who easily won the riding in 2011 with nearly 50 percent of votes cast. The Bloc Quebecois candidate placed second.

With files from The Canadian Press