A former employee of Jean-François Lisée is a candidate for the CAQ

A former employee of Jean-François Lisee is a candidate for the CAQ


Another former PQ member joins François Legault's party. The former assistant director of cabinet of Jean-François Lisée when he was a minister in the Marois government, Christine Fréchette, presents himself with the CAQ in Sanguinet.

François Legault was happy to present his new candidate, who he says is a “minister”, to supporters gathered on Tuesday afternoon at the Diversity Pavilion in Saint-Constant, Montérégie.

His relationship with Christine Fréchette dates back several years, when they were both part of “another political party”, explained the prime minister.

But Ms. Fréchette remained in the Parti Québécois longer than François Legault, so much so that she worked in the cabinet of Jean-François Lisée when the latter was the Minister of International Relations and Foreign Trade, in the PQ government of Pauline Marois. from 2012 to 2014.

Since then, she has held various management positions, notably with the organization Montréal International. She is also the former CEO of the East Montreal Chamber of Commerce.

To explain her decision to join the CAQ, Christine Fréchette praised the “pragmatic approach” and the achievements of the Legault government.

Asked by journalists about what, in her opinion, distinguishes François Legault from the former leader of the PQ, Jean-François Lisée, she replied that Mr. Legault “wishes to develop Quebec within the Canadian framework” and that “his economic fiber is very strong”.

“He is someone also very pragmatic. There, I don't necessarily want to discredit certain traits of another person,” she added with a laugh.

Christine Fréchette thus takes the place of the Minister of Higher Education, Danielle McCann , who decided not to seek a new mandate. Ms. McCann has represented the riding of Sanguinet in the National Assembly since 2018.

Earlier on Tuesday, François Legault was in Laval to present his candidate in Laval-des-Rapides. This is the head of international corporate affairs at Ubisoft, Céline Haytayan.