Cloutier, 37, is a lawyer by trade and was first elected into Quebec’s National Assembly in 2007.
He was most notably named Minister of Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs during Pauline Marois’ short-lived PQ government.
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Bernard Drainville, Martine Ouellet and Pierre Céré – the spokesperson for the Conseil national des chômeurs et chômeuses, an organization that represents unemployed people, have already confirmed their candidacy as official party leader.
*with files from the Canadian Press.