Three candidates for the CAQ have been declared ineligible by Quebec’s director-general of elections.
The candidates are Mario Gagnier in Soulanges, François Carl-Labonté in Westmount-Saint-Louis and Sam Nassif in Saint-Laurent.
The party confirmed the decision this evening in a brief statement.
The three candidates had collected 100 signatures in support of their application as required by the director-general of elections. But many of them were declared invalid. No word on the total number that were rejected.
CAQ leader Francois Legault tried to downplay the news saying the mistakes were made in good faith and no signatures were counterfeit. He explained that some of the signatures were from residents of the three ridings who were not on the list of electors, or women who signed using their maiden names instead of their official married names.
The party is now left with only 122 candidates in the 125 ridings in Quebec as the nomination period for the election expired today, and it will not be possible to replace the candidates.