Anglo for Quebec independence to seek PQ nomination

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Published on: September 25, 2017 | Last Updated: September 25, 2017 7:39 AM EDT

Jennifer Drouin, right, of Anglophones for Quebec Independence, speaks as she launches her organization at the office of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal in Montreal, Friday Sept. 23, 2016, after launching the AQI at the office. Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette files

The founder of a group trying to rally Quebec anglophones to the cause of independence will announce on Monday she intends to seek to be the Parti Québécois candidate in the Montreal riding of Ste-Marie—St-Jacques, the Presse Canadienne has learned.

Jennifer Drouin, 40, is a native of Nova Scotia, the founder of Anglophones pour un Québec indépendant and has been a PQ supporter for nearly 20 years.

She described herself during a speech at a PQ convention two weeks ago as “an immigrant from a neighbouring country — Canada.”

The former professor of English literature says on her website that she wants to “rally all Quebecers, whatever their mother tongue or ethnic origins, to the cause of Quebec independence.”

Should Drouin win the PQ nomination, she would be running against incumbent Manon Massé of Québec Solidaire in the next general election.

Drouin, who is a lesbian, is seeking the nomination in a riding that includes Montreal’s Gay Village. She says that LGBT are central to her teaching and university research.

She’s also said she intends to raise the issues of social housing, homelessness and crime.

During the 2014 provincial election, Massé narrowly won the riding, held by the PQ since 1989, by a margin of 91 votes. But the candidate who came in second was not PQ incubent Daniel Bréton, but Liberal candidate Anna Klisko, with Bréton placing third.

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