Quebec's general election campaign has begun, and voters head to the polls on Oct. 3. Here's a look at François Legault, the premier and leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec.
Born: May 26, 1957, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que., a city on the Island of Montreal.
Education: Has a Bachelor's in business administration from HEC Montreal (1978) and a Master’s degree in business administration (finance) from the same school (1984).
Career before politics: Legault made his mark in the aviation industry when he co-founded Air Transat in 1986. He remained the airline's president and CEO until 1997.
Political record: Legault was elected to Quebec's legislature in 1998 with the Parti Québécois, where he served under then-premier Lucien Bouchard as education minister, vice-president of the Treasury Board and eventually health minister. He has been re-elected to the legislature six times. He co-founded the Coalition Avenir Québec in 2011 and has served as its leader ever since. Legault became Quebec's premier in October 2018.
Family: Legault is married to Isabelle Brais and has two sons.
Riding: L'Assomption (north of Montreal).
Quote: "I want Quebecers to be proud of our successes, our entrepreneurs, our artists, our athletes, our history and proud of our culture. I want this pride to feed our audacity, so we're we’re not afraid of aiming big, of being ambitious."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 29, 2022.
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