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Quebec Immigration Minister David Heurtel not seeking re-election

Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel won't see re-election.
Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel won't see re-election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Quebec Immigration Minister David Heurtel is the latest member of Premier Philippe Couillard‘s government to announce he won’t run again in this fall’s election.

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Heurtel confirmed the news on his Facebook page Friday and said illness in his family makes it impossible for him to continue his political career.

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He joins fellow Liberal cabinet ministers Martin Coiteux, Stephanie Vallée and Jean-Marc Fournier in deciding to pack it in.

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Heurtel, 45, was first elected in a December 2013 byelection and then re-elected the following year.

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He served as environment minister between 2014 and 2017 before moving to the immigration portfolio.

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At least one other cabinet minister is reportedly contemplating his future, while about 10 Liberal backbenchers have also confirmed they won’t seek re-election in the Oct. 1 vote.

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