Radio-Canada journalist Martine Biron candidate in the Quebec elections

Another Quebec journalist is making the leap from the world of news to provincial politics as Radio-Canada journalist Martine Biron is set to run in the fall election as a candidate for the Coalition avenir Québec ( CAQ).

Noovo Info reported on Wednesday Biron will run in the riding of Chute-de-la-Chaudière, which will be vacant following the departure of Marc Picard. The ruling party, the CAQ in Quebec, is expected to announce Biron’s candidacy in the coming days.

Picard, who served as MP for Quebec’s South Shore riding for 19 years, announced Wednesday that he will not seek an eighth term when Quebecers go to the polls in October.

“It is with a heavy heart that this decision has been made. However, I welcome the end of this journey with serenity, as I realize that time is passing and that taking care of my spouse is my priority,” said Picard in a press release.

After running in the 2018 election under the CAQ banner, Picard won 59% of the vote with 25,000 votes. The participation rate was 76%.

Biron, who has covered Quebec politics, joins a growing list of media personalities who have announced they are running under Premier François Legault’s CAQ party, including Bernard Drainville (Lévis), Caroline St-Hilaire (Sherbrooke) , Kariane Bourassa (Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré) and Pascal Déry (Repentigny).

A new poll released Wednesday suggests Legault will win a majority in the 2022 election.

According to the Léger poll published barely two months before the October 3 election, more than twice as many Quebecers would vote for the CAQ as for the Liberals or Québec solidaire (QS) if the election were held today.

The poll suggests the CAQ will dominate the race as 44% of respondents said they would support the party.

With files from The Canadian Press

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