Fatima Houda-Pépin will try to win her south shore riding of La Pinière for a seventh time this upcoming election — but this time, she won't run as a Quebec Liberal.
She announced Tuesday she'll try to win re-election as an independent following her much-publicized split from the party.
She came to blows with party leader Philippe Couillard and party brass last fall over a piece of Muslim headgear called a chador — a by-product of the contentious debate over the PQ's secularism charter.
Since then, she has tabled her own anti-fundamentalism bill in the National Assembly, which would, among other things, ban polygamy, forced marriages based on religion, genital mutilation, and religious symbols for judges, police officers and prison guards.
Houda-Pépin will be up against Dr. Gaétan Barrette, the Liberals' star candidate who ran for the CAQ in 2012. At a news conference Tuesday morning, she accused Barrette of opportunism, and having no connection with the riding.
She also points out the campaign posters that will be going up once the election is called will be paid for with money she has collected.