August 26, 2013 1:41 pm

Raymond Bachand announces he is quitting politics

From left, Raymond Bachand, Pierre Moreau, and Philippe Couillard wave to supporters prior to their English language PLQ leaders debate in Montreal Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Former Quebec Liberal finance minister Raymond Bachand confirmed his intention to step away from politics.

He held a news conference Monday afternoon in Quebec City to make the announcement.

At the age of 65, Bachand has held several cabinet positions, most recently he was the MNA for Outremont.

He was first elected to the National Assembly in 2005 in a by-election and was the minister responsible for the Montreal region from December 2008 to September 2012.

However, in a bid for the Liberal leadership election back in March, Bachand finished last behind Philippe Couillard and Pierre Moreau.

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