Montreal

Former Liberal MP considering CAQ run

Longtime Liberal MP Marlene Jennings says she's been asked by Francois Legault to join his new provincial party.

Marlene Jennings 'seriously considering' running for new provincial party

Marlene Jennings, seen here in 2009, served as the MP for NDG-Lachine for 14 years before losing the last federal election. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

A former high-profile Liberal MP says her next run for office may be under François Legault’s new provincial political party in Quebec.

Marlene Jennings was a Liberal MP for 14 years, but lost her seat in Notre-Dame-de-Grace-Lachine to the NDP in the last federal election.

She said she’s had two meetings with Legault and he’s asked her to consider running for the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ).

"I’m seriously considering his offer," Jennings told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak Thursday morning.

 A former Parti Québécois cabinet minister, Legault officially launched his centre-right political party in November.

Jennings said her goal in meeting with Legault was to help him understand the role and needs of the English-speaking communities in Quebec.

But, even if she does run for the CAQ, Jennings said she hopes to retain her role as president of the federal Liberal riding association for NDG-Lachine.

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