Éric Duhaime is running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Quebec. The Quebec radio host confirmed his intentions on social media on Sunday evening.
Known on Radio X and FM93, Éric Duhaime says he was motivated by what he calls “health extremism” of the CAQ government of François Legault in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mr. Legault, we will never forgive you what you have done to Quebeckers for nine months,” he said, saying he was alarmed for respect for individual freedoms in the province.
He was behind a demonstration against the wearing of compulsory masks at school and other health measures deemed “excessive”, this summer, alongside the former antenna chief Josée Turmel, who defends conspiratorial ideas.
Mr. Duhaime let it be known that, under his leadership, the PCQ would also take a “very firm position on the defense and promotion of the Quebec identity, our unique culture and our French language”.
He will try to succeed Adrien Pouliot, who announced his departure earlier this fall after seven years at the head of the party. The new leader must be appointed on April 17, 2021.
This is a return to partisan politics for Mr. Duhaime, who ran under the banner of Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) in the riding of Deux-Montagnes in the 2003 provincial election. He was then came third, with 21.69% of the vote.
The Conservative Party of Quebec has never had a Member of Parliament elected to the National Assembly since its founding in 2009. The right-wing party won a slim 1.46% of the vote in the last elections in 2018.