Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Cabinet Minister Veronique Hivon the First to Join Parti Quebecois Race

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Cabinet Minister Veronique Hivon the First to Join Parti Quebecois Race

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Veronique Hivon enters PQ leadership race

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JOLIETTE, Que. - Former Quebec cabinet minister Veronique Hivon has become the first official candidate in the race to succeed Pierre Karl Peladeau as Parti Quebecois leader.

Hivon, 46, announced her intention on Monday to seek the sovereigntist party's top job and bring about a "reinvented PQ."

"I want youth to be interested again in the Parti Quebecois," Hivon, 46, said in Joliette, northeast of Montreal.

A member of the legislature since 2008, Hivon is probably best-known for tabling Quebec's dying-in-dignity bill a few years ago when the PQ was in power.

She said she believes her openness, her sense of responsibility and her desire for consensus are some of her selling points. …

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