A first solo parliamentary return for Alain Rayes

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A Alain Rayes' first solo parliamentary return

Richmond-Arthabaska MP Alain Rayes will make his fall parliamentary return virtually (archives).

Work resumes this Tuesday in the House of Commons and for Alain Rayes, it is a parliamentary return under the sign of dissidence and novelty. He will officially begin to sit as an independent MP, after breaking ties with the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC).

The MNA for Centre-du-Québec will begin the session virtually. This option is still available to elected officials and he has decided to use it, in particular to prioritize [the] citizens of Richmond-Arthabaska when necessary.

I am happy not to go back today, to let the dust settle, he said Tuesday in an interview on the show Toujours le matin. Alain Rayes claims to have gone through all the ranges of emotions in recent days.

Alain Rayes announced on September 13 that he was leaving the Conservative caucus due to the election of Pierre Poilievre as leader of the Party. After announcing that he would sit as an independent, the Conservative Party of Canada sent automated messages to members of his constituency urging them to call for his resignation. The political party later apologized on Twitter.

The MP for Richmond-Arthabaska says he is still looking forward to meeting some of his former Conservative colleagues to be able to explain his decision in a more personal way. Some of them don't approve of the Party's handling of the situation, he says.

I can't wait to see François-Philippe Champagne and the other elected officials from all the parties who have reached out to me to help me, to chat, he underlines.

For the moment, Alain Rayes has not taken no decision on his longer-term political future. I received a lot [of support] from the opposition parties, the NDP, the Green Party, in particular, who offered me their help for all the technical aspects, he says.

The federal deputy claims not to have received clear offers to make the jump to another party, but specifies that people have invited him for a coffee, for example.

“I have had offers to buy membership cards from all political parties, both provincial and federal. »

— Alain Rayes, Member of Parliament for Richmond-Arthabaska

Alain Rayes interviewed on the show Toujours le matin

When I made the jump, I had no intention of creating a putsch against my former leader, of making the jump to another political formation or of resigning, declared Alain Rayes. That being said, I have not closed any doors.

The elected official specifies that doing politics as an independent is extremely difficult. It therefore does not rule out the possibility of joining a political party, whether on the federal or provincial scene.

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