Sainte-anne-de-bel­le­vue coun­cil­lor to run as CAQ can­di­date

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ASainte-anne-de-bel­le­vue town coun­cil­lor has an­noun­ced that she plans to run as a mem­ber of Francois Legault's Coa­li­tion Ave­nir Qué­bec team in the next pro­vin­cial elec­tion in the Jacques Car­tier ri­ding. Pao­la L. Ha­wa was one of six can­di­dates Legault pre­sen­ted to the pu­blic Sun­day in a te­le­vi­sed an­noun­ce­ment. The same day, Ha­wa al­so re­lea­sed a let­ter in En­glish and French that was pu­bli­shed in the Ste. Anne Ex­press, an on­line pu­bli­ca­tion.

In her let­ter ad­dres­sed to consti­tuents, Ha­wa said she be­lieves "Quebec can and must do bet­ter."

Of her de­ci­sion to run, Ha­wa said: "Af­ter 40 years of in­ces­sant and ste­rile de­bates along the so­ve­rei­gn­ty - fe­de­ra­list line by the ma­jor po­li­ti­cal par­ties, the Coa­li­tion right­ly stands for the prin­ciple that it is time for us to re­view our prio­ri­ties in or­der that to­ge­ther, we can ad­dress the im­por­tant is­sues of fis­cal res­pon­si­bi­li­ty, the qua­li­ty of edu­ca­tion and heal­th­care to name but a few."

Ha­wa, a lawyer by pro­fes­sion, was elec­ted in 2009 to the Sainte-anne-deBel­le­vue ci­ty coun­cil.

She said she will main­tain her coun­cil seat while run­ning in a pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

"As a trai­ned lawyer, I have ful­ly re­sear­ched and sought the opi­nion of ex­perts as to the ap­pli­cable rules and/or re­gu­la­tions in such a si­tua­tion and again, I can as­sure you that there is clear­ly no le­gal im­pe­di­ment to being both a Mu­ni­ci­pal Coun­cil­lor while a can­di­date in a pro­vin­cial elec­tion," she wrote in her let­ter.

Ha­wa will face-off du­ring a pro­vin­cial elec­tion with in­cumbent Li­be­ral MNA Geoff Kel­ley, who has held the Jacques Car­tier ri­ding since 1994.

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