The former mayor of Sainte-Julie, in Montérégie, Suzanne Roy, will be a candidate for the Coalition Avenir Québec in the riding of Verchères in the next provincial election.
Posted at 5:24 p.m.
Updated at 6:52 p.m.
Quebec Premier François Legault made the announcement to a crowded room at a press briefing in Varennes on Monday afternoon. It was his first public outing since his isolation due to COVID-19. He tested positive for a screening test on March 24.
Several deputies and mayors from Quebec were present for the occasion. “I consider myself very lucky to have a woman of the caliber of Suzanne [Roy] in Verchères, launched the Prime Minister. I need it in Quebec! »
“I especially want to thank you for the trust you place in me,” said Mr.me Roy with a big smile. Suzanne Roy left doubts about her political future after announcing that she would not run for a new term as mayor of Sainte-Julie last fall. The former mayor had been at the head of the Montérégie municipality for 16 years, from 2005 to 2021. Mme Roy was also president of the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) twice, from 2014 to 2016 then from 2019 to 2021, in addition to occupying the position of prefect of the MRC of Marguerite-D’Youville from 2017. to 2021.
Why choose the CAQ to make the leap into provincial politics? “The CAQ, for me, is a nationalist, economic and pragmatic party,” she explained. François Legault, for his part, assured that he had discussed with the future candidate the main orientations of the party. “We agree on all the programs of the CAQ”, he rejoiced.
In Vercheres, M.me Roy wants to tackle the impact of inflation, access to property, the new port of Contrecœur, the protection of woodlands, the housing shortage and the development of the St. Lawrence River. “We do politics for the world,” argued the new candidate.
Mme Roy will take over from Suzanne Dansereau, CAQ MP for Verchères for four years, who is thus leaving 28 years of political life. “I have always wanted to improve the lives of the people of the county, maintained Mr.me Dansereau at the start of the press conference. The time has come to dedicate myself to my loved ones. »
No other provincial political party has yet announced a candidate in the riding of Verchères.