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The president of the Young Liberals resigns and supports Beauchemin in the leadership

Photo: Jacques Boissinot The Canadian Press Liberal MP Frédéric Beauchemin, tipped to enter the leadership race

Thomas Laberge – The Canadian Press

Published at 8:35 a.m.

  • Quebec

The president of the Youth Commission of the Liberal Party of Quebec (CJPLQ), Lina Yunes, as well as two other members of the executive, resign to give their support to MP Frédéric Beauchemin and to encourage him to launch into the race for leadership and succeed Dominique Anglade.

“For our generation, the choice appears clear, if we wish to aspire to a future that matches our ambitions, we must put an economic, responsible and forward-looking figure at the helm. This person is Frédéric Beauchemin”, we can read in the letter from the three young Liberals of which The Canadian Press obtained a copy.

The missive, addressed to the president of the Liberal Party du Québec (PLQ), Rafaël Primeau-Ferraro, is signed by the president of the CJPLQ, Lina Yunes, as well as two vice-presidents, William Baril and William Des Marais.

Affirming that there is “strong pressure, even a consensus around the importance for the members of the commission's executive to remain neutral in the context of the next leadership race” of the PLQ, the three young liberals say they are leaving office in order to “elude any possible fears of bias.”

“In this vein, we obviously expect the same caution from members of the current and future executive,” they added.

“We will now focus our energy on making Frédéric Beauchemin not only an official candidate in this leadership race, but also the representative of the voice of young progressives and pragmatists,” the three young Liberals continued in their letter.

An announcement soon ?

There is little doubt that Frédéric Beauchemin will enter the leadership race. He should make his announcement by the end of the summer.

The liberal MP for Marguerite-Bourgeoys wants to position himself as the candidate for budgetary rigor and better management of public finances. He also received the support of the former Minister of Finance of Quebec, Carlos Leitão.

Before making the leap into politics with the Liberals in 2022 , Frédéric Beauchemin was an executive and head of capital markets at Scotiabank.

Last October, the Liberal MP was the target of complaints for psychological harassment which resulted in were filed against him by the president of the CJPLQ at the time, Élyse Moisan. The complaints also targeted members of the youth wing executive, including Lina Yunes.

Mr. Beauchemin was excluded from the caucus while the story settled. The complaints were resolved in December after a mediation process and the member for Marguerite-Bourgeoys rejoined the caucus.

Two months later, Élyse Moisan resigned from her position as president. Lina Yunes succeeded him as head of the CJPLQ last March.

The race is taking shape

Two weeks ago, former Montreal mayor Denis Coderre became the first candidate to officially enter the race.

Last month, Charles Milliard — another candidate tipped to run for leadership of the PLQ — announced that he was leaving his position as president and general manager of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec to take a moment of reflection. During the party's General Council last May, 81 young Liberals gave him their support.

The support of young Liberals is important for the next leader, because they count for a third of the votes in the leadership race.

The mayor of Victoriaville, Antoine Tardif, is also involved. He has not closed the door to getting started.

The name of the Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, continues to circulate as a potential candidate.

The race will begin in January 2025. Dominique Anglade's successor will be chosen in the summer of that same year.

The next leader of the PLQ will have a lot to do to rebuild his party. Its support rate among French speakers is starving.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116