Mario Beaulieu says he has collected enough signatures to join the Bloc Quebecois leadership race.
The outgoing head of the nationalist Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste says about 2,000 people have endorsed his candidacy — double the required number.
The Bloc is expected to rubber-stamp his bid later this week.
Bloc MP Andre Bellavance is the only other candidate so far in the race to succeed Daniel Paillé, who resigned last December for health reasons.
The new leader will be chosen by June 14.
Beaulieu told a news conference in Montreal today he believes he will be able to steal support away from Bellavance.