Byelection to be held in Quebec City riding of Louis-Hébert on Oct. 2

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Quebec Employment and Social Solidarity Minister François Blais, left, and Eric Tetrault, candidate for a by-election in the Louis-Hébert riding, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

A provincial byelection will be held in the Quebec City riding of Louis-Hébert on Oct. 2.

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The vote will fill the National Assembly’s only remaining vacant seat, left empty after the departure of longtime Liberal Sam Hamad in April.

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Signs for Liberal candidate Eric Tetrault alongside Premier Phillipe Couillard have begun popping up in the riding with the October vote date.

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The Parti Québécois (PQ) has announced biologist Normand Beauregard as its candidate, while retired banker Normand Sauvageau will represent the Coalition Avenir Quebec.

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Hamad handily won the riding in 2014, obtaining just more than 49 per cent of the votes cast.

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The governing Liberals currently have 68 of the 125 seats in the legislature, compared with 28 for the PQ, 20 for the CAQ, and three for Quebec Solidaire.

There are five Independent members.

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