August 21, 2015 10:16 am

Marguerite Blais quits politics, needed a challenge

Marguerite Blais, seen in a profile picture for the Quebec Liberal Party.

Quebec Liberal Party

MONTREAL – Liberal MNA Marguerite Blais said she is quitting politics because she needed a challenge, and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard didn’t give her one.

She confirmed her resignation, telling LaPresse she was not given a cabinet post, and that was one of the big reasons for why she decided to leave politics so soon after being re-elected in her Montreal riding.

Blais, who is 64, said she will take the National Assembly’s $150,000 transition allowance as she has no plans to work elsewhere.

The former journalist said she plans to enjoy her good health, especially after losing her husband, Jean-Guy Faucher to cancer in March.

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Blais represented Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne for eight years, since 2007.

Premier Couillard must call a by-election in the riding within the next six months.

Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne has been a Liberal stronghold since its creation in 1994.

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