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