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Alexandre Cloutier enters PQ leadership race

Alexandre Cloutier.
Alexandre Cloutier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

MONTREAL – Alexandre Cloutier, the Parti Québécois MNA for the Lac-Saint-Jean district, has officially announced his candidacy for leadership of the Parti Quebecois (PQ).

Cloutier, 37, is a lawyer by trade and was first elected into Quebec’s National Assembly in 2007.

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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.

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Also expected to run are media baron Pierre Karl Peladeau, Jean-François Lisée, Véronique Hivon and Nicolas Marceau.

*with files from the Canadian Press.