Montreal

PQ Leader Marois gets chance at assembly seat Sept. 24

Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois will get her chance to run for a seat in Quebec's national assembly Sept. 24, in the riding of Charlevoix, northeast of Quebec City.

Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois will get her chance to run for a seat in Quebec's national assembly Sept. 24, in the riding of Charlevoix, northeast of Quebec City.

It's her first chance to get elected since the party picked her as leader in June.

Premier Jean Charest announced the date for the byelection Wednesday, butMarois will likely have to fight for the Charlevoix seat.

While the Liberals are allowingher to run unopposed, the Action Démocratique du Québec is expected to announce Thursdayit will run Conrad Harvey.

Harvey ran in the riding in the last provincial election, coming in second to the PQ's Rosaire Bertrand, who resigned to make way for Marois to run.

Charest said recently the Liberals would not oppose Marois in the riding because it is important to ensure that all three main party leaders are able to face off in the assembly.

But ADQ Leader Mario Dumont accused both the PQ and the Liberals of acting undemocratically.

There is nothing that says the leader of a third party at the national assembly has the right to sit in the legislature, Dumont said.