A CAQ MP throws in the towel
Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) MP Joëlle Boutin officially announced her resignation on Wednesday afternoon to devote herself more to her family, d&rsquo ;after information from several media. This decision puts Prime Minister François Legault in the need to call a by-election in the riding of Jean-Talon (Quebec).
The 44-year-old elected had succeeded in conquering this riding during a by-election in 2019, following the resignation of former minister Sébastien Proulx. It was then the last Liberal bastion east of Montreal, a major victory for the CAQ which had managed to collect 43% of the votes against 25% for the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ). However, by 2022, the CAQ had lost votes to Québec solidaire and the Parti Québécois.
Despite speculation of her possible appointment as minister, she never held this role.< /p>
Now that Ms. Boutin's withdrawal is confirmed, the electoral law stipulates that François Legault would have a maximum of six months to trigger a by-election. He could do so in the fall to avoid inviting voters to the polls during the end-of-year holidays.