She will run in the riding of Chutes-de-la-Chaudière.< /p>
Martine Biron was until recently a political analyst at Radio-Canada.
The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) has recruited a new star candidate in the media. Radio-Canada has learned that parliamentary journalist Martine Biron will run for the party in the October 3 election. She will be a candidate in the riding of Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, in the west of Lévis.
This announcement comes a few hours after that of the departure of veteran Marc Picard, who had sat in the National Assembly since 2003.
Martine Biron acted until very recently as an analyst policy for Radio-Canada.
The director of information for the state corporation, Luce Julien, confirms having learned the news on Wednesday. We respect her decision to enter politics, she said when reached by Radio-Canada newsroom.
Martine Biron asked to take unpaid leave until election day. If she wins, the journalist will of course have to quit her job.
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The press conference that will confirm the CAQ's candidacy in Chutes-de-la-Chaudière will take place next week. In the meantime, the main interested party has informed Radio-Canada that she does not wish to grant an interview.
Martine Biron's candidacy will be added to those of several other media figures who have recently decided to join the CAQ, including Bernard Drainville in the neighboring riding of Lévis, Caroline St-Hilaire in Sherbrooke, Kariane Bourassa in Charlevoix– Côte-de-Beaupré and Pascale Déry in Repentigny.
Marc Picard has always been elected with comfortable majorities in Chutes-de-la-Chaudière. His lead in 2018 was 19,739 votes. In Quebec, only Éric Lefebvre, in Arthabaska, had collected an even stronger majority: the caquist had won with 20,425 votes more than his main opponent.
Falls -de-la-Chaudière is nevertheless in the crosshairs of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ). Its chef, Éric Duhaime, notably considered going there before finally opting for Chauveau.
The PCQ has not yet presented its candidate in Chutes-de-la-Chaudière. For the moment, Caroline Thibault, from Québec solidaire, is the only one to have announced her colors in this riding of Chaudière-Appalaches, which includes the west of the city of Lévis.
Asked about Ms. Biron's leap into politics, Éric Duhaime pointed out that Chutes-de-la-Chaudière had been one of the first [districts] to vote for the Action Démocratique du Québec, in 2003 , and said she hoped she would also be one of the first to vote Conservative on the evening of October 3.
The Director of Communications for the Parti Québécois in the Assembly national, Louis Lyonnais, also reacted on Twitter. I really appreciate [Martine Biron], but until very recently, we were still discussing strategy with confidence in “off”, he underlined. Since when does she know that she will be a candidate?