PQ MP Véronique Hivon will not be a candidate in the next election, yet another blow for the Parti Québécois.
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The elected official for the riding of Joliette made the announcement on Thursday morning. “I need to exist outside of politics, said the one who has held a seat as a deputy for 14 years now. I loved every minute of this hectic political life”.
His departure from political life is not good news for Paul St-Pierre Plamondon and his troops, who have been in free fall in voting intentions for months.
A Léger poll unveiled this very morning in the pages of the Journal reveals that the PQ has reached a historic low, with 9% support from voters.
Véronique Hivon, however, warns those who would make a link between her decision and the delicate situation of her party. “Polls have never scared me,” she insisted.
Mother of the law which now allows Quebecers at the end of their life to “die with dignity”, she enjoys a strong capital of sympathy in the population, as well as in the National Assembly.
The MP will therefore leave vacant one of the last PQ strongholds, which can now be counted practically on the fingers of one hand. Ms. Hivon won with 4,500 majority votes over her CAQ rival in 2018.
Former stronghold of Minister Guy Chevrette, the riding of Joliette has been a PQ since 1976, with the exception of an ADQ interlude in 2007.