Quebec premier Jean Charest addresses the media with Linda Lapointe, Pascal Beaupre, and Jean-François Gosselin.
Credits: Eve Levesque/QMI Agency
MONTREAL, Que. - Three former Action Democratique du Quebec (ADQ) members will run for Premier Jean Charest's Liberals in the upcoming provincial election.
Charest announced that Linda Lapointe for the Groulx riding, Pascal Beaupre in Joliette and Jean-Francois Gosselin in La Peltrie will carry the Liberal banner into the next election.
‘‘During the last few months, the Quebec Liberal Party particularly distinguished itself from the other political parties through the defence of individual liberties, of civil society and of democracy. What's more, since the ADQ disappeared, the QLP is the only openly federalist party,'' the Liberal leader said.
All three former ADQ members had won seats at the National Assembly in 2007.
‘‘The ADQ doesn't exist anymore and Francois Legault (leader of the Coalition Avenir du Quebec) is not the man for the job. He and his team are sovereignists and I'm a federalist,'' Lapointe said in a press release.
She finished third in the 2008 election in Groulx.
Pascal Beaupre will attempt to win again in Joliette, where he lost in 2008. And Jean-Francois Gosselin will try to snag La Peltrie from former ADQ colleague Eric Caire, who is now with Legault's CAQ.
Caire was one of few ADQ members re-elected in the 2008 election.
Meanwhile, CAQ Leader François Legault announced his party's slogan, ‘‘It's enough, things have to change in Quebec,'' as he got off his campaign bus in Beauport, Que., and introduced two candidates.
Martin Caron will run in Lotbiniere-Frontenac, a new riding, and Hugues Beaulieu will run in Jean-Talon.
Legault also confirmed the names of 14 candidates on Sunday.
Quebecers could go to the polls as early as Sept. 4, with a possible campaign launch on Aug. 1.