Former student leader and PQ MNA Leo Bureau-Blouin wants to become the leader of the Parti Québécois' youth wing.
The 22-year-old became the youngest MNA in history in the 2012 election, when he won the riding of Laval-des-Rapides. That spring, he first made a name for himself as head of the CEGEP students' federation during the student protest movement.
He lost his seat to Liberal Saul Polo on April 7.
Bureau-Blouin says he favors returning sovereignty to the centre of the party's discussions, and he's also looking to bring young voters back to the PQ fold, at a time when the party ranks behind the Liberals, CAQ and even Québec Solidaire among youths.
"The Parti Québécois comes in dead last among young voters, and I don't want to stand by and watch it happen," Bureau-Blouin told La Presse. " By the time of the next election in 2018, 100 per cent of those less than 40 years of age will have never voted in a referendum of sovereignty. There's lots of work to do to revive the discussion."
The youth wing picks its new leader at its annual meeting on June 21.