Liberal MP Pierre Arcand does not stand for reelection

Radio Canada was able to confirm the news, first published this morning by The press, on the end of the end of Mr Arcand’s political life.

The name of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) candidate who will replace him will be announced Monday.

Pierre Arcand is retiring after being active in politics for 15 years. The Member of Parliament for Outremont-Mont-Royal was first elected in 2007.

He then worked as a parliamentary assistant at the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade.

He also worked at the presidency of the Conseil du trésor and at the Ministère de l’Environnement and the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Resources naturelles.

The politician was also Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie from 2008 to 2010.

Holidays in Barbados

In December 2020, despite government recommendations not to travel due to the pandemic, Pierre Arcand was spotted vacationing in Barbados. This story had spilled a lot of ink in the media.

The Liberal MP later apologized for spending Christmas in his apartment in the Caribbean, a gesture he said: mourn

For her part, Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade described this decision as:error of judgment

Mrs Anglade, who had first tried to dissuade the Liberal MP from traveling, eventually decided to demote him as a result. Pierre Arcand had thus lost his responsibilities as spokesman for the Metropolis and in the field of transport within the shadow cabinet of the PLQ.

A few months later, in May 2021, Pierre Arcand returned to the shadow box. He was rehabilitated by Dominique Anglade when she appointed him leader of the Liberal caucus in August 2021.


Pierre Arcand is added to the list of deputies who have decided not to stand for another term in the autumn of 2022.

So it is half of the liberal caucus, that is, 13 of the 27 elected officials, who chose to leave political life at the end of the current mandate.

Among them are Paule Robitaille, Hélène David, Nicole Ménard, Jean Rousselle, former Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette, former ministers Christine St-Pierre, Lise Thériault and Francine Charbonneau, as well as Member of Parliament Monique Sauvé.

During the next election campaign, leader Dominique Anglade will appear before the electorate surrounded by a largely renewed and less experienced team.

And it is not to displease him, because the renewal of the team was part of his aim to change the image of the party while at the same time moving away from the Jean Charest era and the Philippe Couillard era.

Behind the scenes, it is said that the leader also wanted the departure of the member for Vaudreuil, Marie-Claude Nichols, but that she chose to continue her political career.

Fall of the PLQ

At its lowest point in polls since 2018 and massively neglected by the French-speaking electorate, the QLP is no longer present, except in the Montreal region and the Outaouais. According to the Qc125 electoral projection site, composed of several polls, certain rides won by the liberals are now under threat, especially by the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) or, in some cases, by Québec solidaire (QS).

The victory of the Liberals in Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne, riding the leader, is far from certain according to Qc125, as in La Pinière, Laporte, Mille-Îles, Hull, Verdun, Vaudreuil, Laval-des – Rapides, Vimont, Anjou-Louis-Riel and Fabre.

The same observation for Maurice-Richard, liberal in 2018 with the victory of Marie Montpetit and who has since become independent. This constituency is now coveted by QS and by the CAQ

In 2018, the Liberals also won Jean-Talon and Roberval, who have since passed into the fold of the CAQand Chomedey, represented by Guy Ouellette, who gained independence after being barred from the caucus.

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