Francoise David leaves politics

Francoise David will make an important announcement about her “role as deputy of Gouin and spokesman of Quebec solidaire,” Thursday morning, in Montreal, said the political formation by press release.

In an interview with La Presse Canadienne in early January, Ms. David had suggested that her political retirement was not far off.

She had said she would reflect on her political future and announced that she would take stock of her intentions “very early” in 2017.

The president and spokesperson of Quebec solidaire, Andres Fontecilla, as well as the deputies Manon Masse and Amir Khadir will be present on Thursday, at the announcement of Mrs. David.

Francoise David, who has just turned 69, was elected to the National Assembly for the first time in 2012 and has represented the Montreal constituency of Gouin since its inception.

Mrs. David said she wanted to remain involved “to help the most vulnerable people”, regardless of the outcome of her reflection on her political future. She recalled that it was “the story of her life” to help the most disadvantaged.

Before becoming involved in politics, she was President of the Federation of Women of Quebec from 1994 to 2001. She also organized the women’s march against poverty called “Bread and Roses” in 1995 and the World March of Women against poverty and violence in 2000.

Francoise David is one of the founders of Quebec solidaire, born in 2006 after the merger of the Union of Progressive Forces and Option citoyenne.

She emphasized a few weeks ago the vigor of the succession within her party.

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