Quebec Liberals chief organizer will not renew mandate, comes after historic defeat

MONTREAL — The chief organizer of the Quebec Liberal Party, Jean-François Helms, says he will not renew his mandate.

Helms says today in a post on social media that he informed Leader Dominique Anglade and party president Rafael Primeau-Ferraro of his decision this morning.

The announcement comes at the end of a tumultuous week for the Liberal party.

On Thursday, one of the party's longest-serving members, Marie-Claude Nichols, was kicked out of the Liberal caucus after a disagreement over shadow cabinet positions.

Helms was the chief organizer of Anglade's spring 2022 leadership campaign — a race she won by acclamation — and he was named the party's chief organizer in July 2020.

The Liberal party suffered its worst defeat in history, in terms of popular vote, in Quebec's Oct. 3 election.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2022.

The Canadian Press