Prominent Montreal political figure and language rights activist Robert Libman is hoping to secure the nomination for the federal Conservative party in the Mount Royal riding next year.
Over the course of his two-and-a-half decades in and out of politics, Robert Libman has represented voters at the provincial and municipal levels.
He was first elected to the National Assembly with the Equality Party in 1989.
He later served as mayor of Cote-St-Luc from 1998 to 2005.
He says now is the time to take a shot at Ottawa.
Libman says he believes that Stephen Harper's positions on international affairs, particularly regarding the Middle East, and his economic stewardship convinced him to run for the Conservatives.
The Mount Royal riding has been solidly Liberal since 1940, but Libman says he is not intimidated.
"I think many people are recognizing that many of the positions shown by the Conservative Party have been strong and shown great leadership," he says. "And I think that with the right candidate we can tip the balance in that direction.
He says he'd been approached to run in previous elections but demurred due to family and other considerations.
"I didn't want to run against [current Mount Royal Liberal MNA] Irwin Cotler and my kids were too young at the time," he says. "Since Irwin Cotler announced he was stepping down people have been pushing me to take a shot at it and I think it's time to go back and represent some of the issues I think are important."
The party will officially choose its riding candidate in the fall.
If he secures the nomination, Libman may face either current Cote-St-Luc mayor Anthony Housefather or PR strategist Jonathan Goldbloom, both of whom are vying for the Liberal nomination.