A group of former Conservative MPs and their allies are hoping to revive the provincial Conservative Party in Quebec.

A group of executives representing the new Conservative Party sent out a press release announcing its re-emergence Wednesday.

The leader of the revitalized party is Luc Harvey, who served as an MP from Quebec City in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government from 2006 to 2008.

"For the last two years we were thinking about this opportunity to start our party," he said.

"We think it's much better to move on the right and to make the modifications that will give the opportunity to the province of Quebec to continue to support [all of the] people in the province."

Former Harper MP Daniel Petit is backing the new party, as well as former Action Démocratique du Québec leadership candidate Jean-François Plante and Jacques Chaoulli, the Quebec doctor who has crusaded for more private health care.

Harvey said the party hopes to run candidates in the next provincial election.

He said the main difference between this new party and François Legault's right-wing Coalition Avenir Québec is that the new Conservative Party is unambiguously federalist.

Harvey said he informed his federal Conservative colleagues of the party's revitalization on Tuesday night. He has no official endorsement from the federal party.

The last time a Conservative sat in the national assembly was 1935.

Attempts to revive the provincial party in the 1980s and 2009 failed.

               

               

 

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story described the creation of a new Quebec Conservative Party, but the party, though inactive, had never gone out of existence.
    Jan 17, 2011 11:10 PM ET