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Quebec Liberals to choose their new leader in spring 2020

The leadership race will officially begin this fall, under the rules announced Sunday at the party's general council meeting in Drummondville, Que.

New leader must have broad support across province, according to party rules released Sunday

Opposition House Leader and former minister Sébastien Proulx said Sunday that he is still thinking about whether to run for the leadership, even though earlier this year he indicated he wasn't going to enter the race. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

The next leader of the Quebec Liberal Party will be decided in the spring of 2020. The winner will be announced at a convention in eastern Quebec.

The leadership race will officially begin this fall, under rules made public Sunday at a party meeting in Drummondville, Que.

No one has yet committed to running for the Liberal leadership, seven months after the party suffered a historic defeat in the provincial election.

The party lost more than half its seats in the October vote, after which former premier Philippe Couillard resigned as party leader and gave up his seat in the National Assembly.

Rules of the game

Party members in good standing will have five days to vote electronically or by telephone for their choice.

Instead of using a one-member one-vote method for choosing their leader, the Liberals have opted for a point system. 

The winner must receive more than 50 per cent of the total points accumulated from 125 ridings.

If no one earns the necessary points, a runoff election will be held between the top two candidates.

Marwah Rizqy is among the current Liberal MNAs considering running for the party's leadership. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

One third of the points in each district will be reserved for members under 25 years old.

Candidates will be able to spend up to $500,000 in the race, and must submit a $60,000 deposit with the party.

Each aspiring candidate must gain at least 750 signatures from members, including 250 from new members. They must gather those signatures from at least 70 different riding across 12 regions in the province.

There will be a total of five debates: two in western Quebec, two in eastern Quebec and one held by the party's youth wing.

One debate will be held in English.

Proulx still reflecting on running for leader

Opposition House Leader and former minister Sébastien Proulx said Sunday that he is still thinking about whether to run for the leadership, even though earlier this year he indicated he wasn't going to enter the race.

Other possible candidates include former Liberal cabinet ministers and current MNAs Dominique Anglade and Gaétan Barrette, as well as new MNA Marwah Rizqy.

Based on a report by La Presse Canadienne

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