Pierre Moreau

Age: 55

Current riding: Châteauguay

Occupation pre-politics: Lawyer

First ran for the PLQ in: 2002

Key government positions: Transport minister (Sept. 2011 – Sept. 2012), minister responsible for Canadian intergovernmental affairs and the Canadian Francophonie (February 3, 2011 to September 6, 2011), minister responsible for the reform of democratic institutions and access to information (Feb. 3, 2011 to Sept. 6, 2011).

When he announced his leadership run in October, Moreau was considered the least known of the three MNAs vying for the position. He has identified transparency as a key issue for the party moving forward and has centered his leadership campaign on the theme "Proud to be Liberal," and bringing people back to the party fold.

Here’s what Moreau has said in the run up to the convention about several key issues the new party leader will face:

The future of the Liberal Party of Quebec


Moreau and former Quebec Liberal Party leader Jean Charest on the campaign trail in 2007. (Ian Barrett/Canadian Press)

"We want the Quebec Liberal Party to become and to be what it was in [the past] — a place where you have debates on major issues of our society. And, if you want to have major issue discussions, you have to raise the proper questions, to address the proper questions, in order to have the good answer."

-Daybreak, Jan. 17, 2003.

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"The kind of leadership I think this party needs is a leader [who] has open eyes on very important issues. Even if those issues are difficult, we have to discuss this. That’s the only way we will be able to renew our platform and that’s the message we received on Sept. 4."

-Quebec AM, Jan. 24, 2013.

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Corruption and collusion

"I think we have to propose solutions that show we will have zero tolerance on the issue. That’s exactly what I did at the last debate here in Quebec when I proposed a permanent commission like the Commission Charbonneau to make sure that we won’t have to rebuild again the confidence of our society five or ten years from now. . . The Charbonneau commission is looking at the past – the past 15 years. Schemes are changing. Corrupt people are clever people as well, so they will change the scheme. So having a permanent solution will prevent us from having to come back again with another commission."

"It’s not a question of political party; it’s a question of individual. What the Charbonneau commission is showing is that people on an individual basis are part of a scheme, but it’s not within a party. If a bank is robbed by one of its employees, do you think the bank is corrupt? I don’t think so. I think it’s a victim."

-Quebec AM, Jan. 24, 2013.

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Moreau served as transport minister for a year before the Liberals lost their majority in the National Assembly. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

Quebec’s anglophone community

 "Make no mistake: one is not a better Quebecer because one speaks French. One is not less of a Quebecer because one speaks English. We all share the same rights."

-PLQ leadership candidates’ English language debate, Jan. 26, 2013.

Bill 14

"You have to take this a whole. You don’t have to cherry pick what is good and what is bad in this. Basically the question is: Do we have a linguistic problem in Quebec? The answer is no. There is no linguistic war in Montreal . . . I think that since we are a French minority in America, we always will have to have protection measures. But I think Bill 101 as it is right now gives those protections and that there is no need for us to start a fight over what doesn’t exist and the official figure shows that it’s not a problem in Montreal."

-CBC Radio Noon, March 8, 2013. 

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Funding post-secondary education in Quebec

‘There's no question in my mind that there's a problem with the funding of our universities here in Quebec. Go to B.C., go to Ontario, and you'll see what they are doing there. At the same time, I think that universities have to be open and transparent on the way they are spending the funds they've got. . .

We have to realize that if we want to get good diplomas, because we are in competition with the world, a student from the Université de Montréal is not competing against a student from Université Laval. He's competing against the world and the best university of the world. That's the reason why we want to have world-class diplomas in our universities and this, in part, is the reason why we have to get good funding for our universities."

-Quebec AM, Jan 24, 2013

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