Seven candidates vie for ex-premier Philippe Couillards former seat in byelection

Seven candidates vie for ex-premier Philippe Couillard\s former seat in byelection
Seven candidates vie for ex-premier Philippe Couillards former seat in byelection
Seven candidates are in the running for a byelection to replace former Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard in the provincial riding of Roberval.

Quebec Premier and Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard touches his heart while members of his staff applaud as announces his resignation as Premier and MNA for the riding of Roberval, Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the legislature in Quebec City. Couillard's wife Suzanne Pilote, left, looks on. Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS

QUEBEC — Seven candidates are in the running for a byelection to replace former Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard in the provincial riding of Roberval.

The riding has been vacant since Couillard quit politics days after losing Octobers provincial election.

Elections Quebec says following a Saturday deadline, seven parties have put up a candidate seeking to replace the former premier when voters in the riding go to the polls on Dec. 10.

Couillard garnered 42 per cent of the votes cast on Oct. 1, easily winning the riding in the Saguenay region.

The Parti Québécois, Québec solidaire, the Conservative Party and Citoyens au pouvoir are all running the same candidates that ran against Couillard. The Liberals are running Chambord city councillor William Laroche. The Coalition Avenir Québec has selected former Roberval city councillor Nancy Guillemette. The Green Party is running leader Alex Tyrrell.

The CAQ has 74 seats in the 125-seat legislature, followed by the Liberals at 29 and the Parti Québécois and Québec solidaire at 10 each, and one independent member.

Quebec Premier and Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard touches his heart in a final goodbye after he announced his resignation as Premier and MNA for the riding of Roberval, Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

QUEBEC — Seven candidates are in the running for a byelection to replace former Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard in the provincial riding of Roberval.

The riding has been vacant since Couillard quit politics days after losing Octobers provincial election.

Elections Quebec says following a Saturday deadline, seven parties have put up a candidate seeking to replace the former premier when voters in the riding go to the polls on Dec. 10.

Couillard garnered 42 per cent of the votes cast on Oct. 1, easily winning the riding in the provinces Saguenay region.

The Coalition Avenir Quebec currently have 74 seats in the 125-seat legislature, followed by the Liberals at 29 and the Parti Quebecois and Quebec solidaire at 10 each, and one Independent member.

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