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Quebec student leader to run for office

Léo Bureau-Blouin will campaign for Parti Quebecois

Léo Bureau-Blouin, the former president of the moderate student group, Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ), will run as a Parti Quebecois (PQ) candidate in the riding of Laval-des-Rapides, reports LaPresse. The Parti Quebecois, led by Pauline Marois, supported the Red Square Movement, in which many students skipped classes and marched in the streets to protest a tuition increase of $1,778 over seven years. Bureau-Blouin will face Liberal Minister of Finance Alain Paquet in the Laval riding. The far-left party Quebec Solidaire of Amir Khadir was also very supportive of the student movement. Political pundits suggest an election may soon be called and that it would be a toss-up between Jean Charest’s embattled Liberals and the PQ under Marois.

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