Martine Desjardins solicited by the PQ

Léo Bureau-Blouin and Martine Desjardins (archive)
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Former student leader Martine Desjardins has announced on Facebook that she is temporarily withdrawing from her work as a political commentator while she considers and offer to run in the next election under the Parti Quebecois banner.

She says she has been approached to run for the party, and is currently reflecting on the idea.

Last month, she declared she was a sovereignist and wanted to go into politics, but later said that no party had approached her to run.

Desjardins has been rumoured to be moonlighting with the PQ for some time.

She has defended several of the Marois governments' measures, including the charter of secularism.

Political scientists Pierre Martin says parties will normally keep star candidates a secret until the official announcement.

"When the election starts, when real decisions are made public, that is when we can expect to actually see what is going on."

One of Desjardins' fellow leaders during the student crisis, Léo Bureau-Blouin, is already a PQ MNA.

A report that Pierre Karl Peladeau will run for the PQ in Saint-Jérome has also re-surfaced.

The premier's office says that that story is false.

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  1. Meatplow posted on 02/21/2014 03:28 PM
    another student leader joins the PQ?....gee what a surprise....proves more and more that the PQ was behind the student strike...
  2. George73 posted on 02/21/2014 03:28 PM
    Of course. She supported the Marois pot-banging. No increase in fees permissable for students, yet families with daycare needs will pay more on a per person basis. Like to see how this woman will defend herself from being a totally self-serving individual. The rest of the province can go to hell, but she'll have her tax payer-funded entitlements as an MNA regardless.
  3. George73 posted on 02/21/2014 03:36 PM
    She's a star candidate?

    Poster child for desperation, more like.

    As student leader she did not speak out against civil disobedience, yet would give her pound of flesh to support a party that attacks others for suggestions that they would use civil disobedience as a tactic against a clearly discriminatory/racist law?

    Can she argue that her values are not solely based on the $ impact to her personal finances? If she thinks she can, lets see her debate the issue.
  4. John posted on 02/21/2014 03:39 PM
    Just another little young twit . Get a real and useful job girl !!!!
  5. maria posted on 02/21/2014 04:35 PM
    I am very surprised she would even consider this given that she is a mother and a student,
    I would think she would be more open to consider a run for quebec solidaire , but I guess
    money talks, that is why Leo bureau blouin turned his back on the students also.!!! what
    star candidates you have got to be kidding??? wasn't Peladeau booted out of his own company??? I wonder why???
  6. Mike d posted on 02/21/2014 05:09 PM
    Really, what a surprise!
  7. Joseph posted on 02/21/2014 07:20 PM
    Another loser joins the club.
  8. Andrew posted on 02/23/2014 07:41 PM
    How could a leader of a group who defended the tuition freeze, join a party that once supported them and then stabbed them in the back once in power. Now the pq is in power and they increased the tuition last year (indexation). Even Leo bureau Blouin. The liberals should use my statement against these 2, for the upcoming spring election.
  9. More BS posted on 02/24/2014 06:12 AM
    Now she gets her reward for helping to get rid of Charest
    1. George73 posted on 02/24/2014 03:55 PM
      @More BS Yeah. She's going to accept her pound of flesh.
  10. Rob posted on 02/24/2014 06:40 AM
    Glaring proof that brainwashing really does work. To be a separatist means that you want to take all of us down the path to abject poverty.
  11. joeN posted on 02/24/2014 08:06 AM
    No surprise here, she fits the hypocites profile for PQ eligebility. The student strike was manipulated by the PQ and now this red square leader gets payback from the party that increased their tuition despite the election promises that PQ made to the student protesters.
  12. Rooster posted on 02/24/2014 02:28 PM
    Wow. This entire story and the events in this province are so Orwellian. The pigs now are standing on their hind legs bleating four legs good two legs better.
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