Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Liberals Name Longtime Member Pierre Arcand Interim Leader

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Liberals Name Longtime Member Pierre Arcand Interim Leader

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Pierre Arcand elected interim Liberal leader

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QUEBEC - The Quebec Liberals took their first step toward rebuilding Friday, choosing veteran Liberal member Pierre Arcand as interim leader.

Arcand was chosen by the party's caucus to lead the Opposition in the legislature.

The 66-year-old Arcand takes over from Philippe Couillard, the outgoing premier who a day earlier resigned his seat and quit as party leader.

Couillard led the Liberals to a resounding election defeat Monday at the hands of Francois Legault's Coalition Avenir Quebec.

First elected in 2007, Arcand is a former cabinet minister who represents the Montreal riding of Mont-Royal-Outremont. He said details of the race to find a permanent leader will be finalized in the coming months. …

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