Liberals have finally chosen an opponent to run against media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau in the Laurentian riding of Saint-Jérôme.
According to several reports, communications consultant Armand Dubois will face Péladeau and CAQ candidate and real-estate agent Patrice Charbonneau (the riding is currently held by outgoing CAQ MNA Jacques Duchesneau).
Dubois was a former Radio-Canada and TVA (Quebecor) journalist; he was a SCFP union leader and was quite critical of Péladeau, his former employer.
When Quebecor was in the process of buying cable company Videotron, Dubois said in 2001 that the media company's influence could pose a "true threat to democracy."
Today's SCFP has taken a more conciliatory tone. In a statement released this afternoon, the union warns other journalists from criticizing Quebecor Media employees too vigourously:
Péladeau is "facing disagreeable comments from different people...No media company, in Quebec or elsewhere in the world, offers a perfect framework for journalism."
An official announcement on Dubois' candidacy is expected tomorrow afternoon.
In 2012, the PQ were under 1,000 votes behind the CAQ and Duchesneau; Liberals placed a distant third with just over 12% of the vote.