Couil­lard gets sup­port from lo­cal MNA

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid has thrown his sup­port be­hind former Health Min­is­ter Philippe Couil­lard in his run for the lead­er­ship of the Que­bec Lib­eral Party. “Be­fore I an­nounced my de­ci­sion, I wanted the mem­bers of our as­so­ci­a­tion to make their de­ci­sions with­out know­ing mine. They had all the latitude and time needed to re­flect on their de­ci­sion with­out be­ing in­flu­enced by mine. And I know that at the heart of the Or­ford Lib­eral As­so­ci­a­tion, much of the sup­port is go­ing to Ray­mond Bac­hand, Philippe Couil­lard and Pierre Moreau. That’s what healthy democ­racy looks like,” ex­plained Mr. Reid.

Con­sid­er­ing that the three main can­di­dates pos­sess the qual­i­ties needed to di­rect the Que­bec Lib­eral Party and even­tu­ally be­come pre­mier of Que­bec, Pierre Reid com­mented that he would not have any dif­fi­culty work­ing be­side the can­di­date who re­ceives the ma­jor­ity of sup­port from the del­e­gates in this race.

“It’s really ag­o­niz­ing to make a choice,” added the Or­ford deputy. “Hav­ing had the priv­i­lege of sit­ting with Philippe Couil­lard on the Con­seil des min­istres when he was the Health and So­cial Ser­vices Min­is­ter and I was the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, work­ing on min­is­te­rial com­mit­tees at his side, I was able to see his many per­sonal qual­i­ties while at the heart of the ac­tion. That is why I favour the can­di­dacy of Philippe Couil­lard. In my opin­ion, it is nev­er­the­less clear that the race for the lead­er­ship of the Que­bec Lib­eral Party has brought out ex­cep­tional can­di­dates.”

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