Réjean Hébert, officially Liberal candidate in federal elections

Former PQ minister Rejean Hebert was officially named Liberal candidate in the riding of Longueuil-Saint-Hubert Sunday, ahead of the October 21 federal election.
M. Hebert was confirmed by acclamation as his only declared opponent, city councilor Eric Beaulieu, had rallied to his candidacy earlier this week.

Presently Dean of the School of Public Health of the University of Montreal, Mr. Hébert held the position of Minister of Health and Social Services under the government of Pauline Marois.

“My career illustrates my deep desire to contribute to the social, environmental and economic development of a Quebec and a strong Canada,” he said in a Liberal Party statement released on Sunday.

When he first announced his intention to make the leap into federal politics this summer, the geriatrician had said he wanted to advocate for issues that matter to him about health, such as home care, prevention of chronic diseases and the impact of climate change on the health of citizens.

The race in Longueuil-Saint-Hubert is likely to attract attention in the coming weeks. Mr. Hébert will face incumbent MP Pierre Nantel, who is running for the Greens, as well as Bloc Québécois Denis Trudel and Conservative Patrick Clune.

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