Neil Oberman, lawyer who fought against McGill encampment, to run for Poilievre's Conservatives in Mount Royal

Neil Oberman, standing in the middle to the right of Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, will be the party's candidate in the Mount Royal riding. (Radio-Canada - image credit)

Neil Oberman, the lawyer who recently represented students who filed an injunction request against the McGill encampment, will be the Conservative Party candidate in the city's Mount Royal riding.

Pierre Poilievre introduced Oberman during a rally on Wednesday evening — the party leader's first stop in a Quebec tour meant to galvanize voters ahead of a federal election that will take place by the fall of next year.

Oberman has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer and specializes in commercial and civil disputes, according to the website of the Spiegel Sohmer firm. Oberman is also one of the firm's shareholders.

On May 1, a Quebec Superior Court judge rejected an injunction request filed by two McGill students that were represented by Oberman.

The lawyer will try to win the seat away from Anthony Housefather, who has represented Mount Royal since 2015. The riding is a Liberal stronghold, having been held by that party since 1940.

Mount Royal has a large Jewish community. Wednesday's rally was held at the Grover auditorium, which is located steps away from the Montreal Holocaust Museum.

During the spring, Housefather contemplated leaving the Liberal caucus because of his party's support for a motion at the House of Commons regarding Palestinian statehood.

Poilievre's Quebec tour will stop in Victoriaville, Trois-Rivières, Rivière-du-Loup, Saguenay and Quebec City.