Conservative leadership candidate Jean Charest tests positive for COVID-19
'I’ll be campaigning from home for the next few days,' says former Quebec premier
Jean Charest announced Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Charest, the former Quebec premier who announced his candidacy for the federal Conservative Party Thursday, said on Twitter that his symptoms are mild.
"I'll be campaigning from home for the next few days," he tweeted.
Charest launched his bid at a brewery in Calgary Thursday night. At least 100 supporters were at the campaign launch in Calgary. Most attendees were not wearing masks.
Mask guidelines were lifted in that province on March 1, along with capacity limits on large venues.
Charest also hosted a meet-and-greet in Calgary the next morning.
"Out of an abundance of caution, if we were in close contact and you're not feeling well, please follow your local public health guidelines," he tweeted Monday.
Charest, 63, was the head of the now-defunct Progressive Conservative Party from 1993 to 1998 and was a federal cabinet minister prior to that. He was premier of Quebec from 2003 until 2012, elected under the province's Liberal party.
Charest went on to work in the private sector after his time in politics. His work at the law firm McCarthy Tetrault included providing strategic advice to companies to help them lobby governments.
My symptoms are mild. Michele has tested negative. I will remain home as per public health guidelines until I test negative. /2—@JeanCharest_
With files from The Canadian Press