“We have colossal work to do in the next months,” Dominique Anglade said while announcing her intention to run for the leadership of the Quebec Liberal Party.
Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS
SHAWINIGAN — Liberal MNA Dominique Anglade says she has what it takes to become the next leader of the Quebec Liberal Party in 2020 and then replace CAQ Leader François Legault as premier in 2022.Anglade launched her bid to become the new Liberal leader on Thursday morning in Shawinigan, alongside former finance minister Carlos Leitão and former higher education minister Hélène David.The MNA for the Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne riding is the first to throw her hat into the ring for the Liberal leadership. Her potential opponents Marwah Rizqy (Saint-Laurent), Marie Montpetit (Maurice-Richard) and Gaétan Barrette (La Pinière) have yet to announce if they will run for the top job.Anglade would replace Philippe Couillard, who resigned as Liberal leader and left politics after the worst electoral loss in the party’s history in October 2018, when it lost half of its previously held seats.Anglade believes she is better placed to lead the Liberals to victory in 2022.“I believe I have important life experience that goes beyond the economic setting. I don’t believe it’s about one person beating someone else, but it’s about having one party with one vision,” Anglade said.Anglade underlined she would be “the candidate for all regions in Quebec.”In 150 years, the Quebec Liberal Party has never chosen a female leader.“People want, first and foremost, a uniting leader, who listens and is capable of taking action,” said Anglade, saying gender and skin colour do not matter.Leitão said “we need a leader from a different generation.”Anglade said the party has to “reconnect with Quebec” because it is currently low in the polls among francophones.“We have colossal work to do in the next months,” she said. “We have to find once more why we are proud to be part of the Liberal party.”Anglade will be going on a consultation tour this summer to meet members and supporters of the party.