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Émilie Foster officially announces that she will not run again

The CAQ MP for Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré, Émilie Foster, officially announced on Wednesday that she will not run for a second term in the provincial elections this fall and is leaving politics.

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“I have devoted the last 11 years of my life to politics. […] My gift to political life has been constant since the fall of 2011 when I joined the great adventure of a nascent party, the Coalition Avenir Québec,” declared Émilie Foster during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Ms. Foster was press officer during the 2012 election campaign, she was also vice-president of the party for two years, before being a candidate in Jean-Lesage in the 2014 general election. She was a political adviser to the National Assembly in François Legault’s cabinet for nearly three years, until 2017.

“Over the past four years, I have had the immense privilege of representing the citizens of Charlevoix, Côte-de-Beaupré and Île d’Orléans as a Member of Parliament. An honor that I live daily as a gift since 2018”, she added.

The elected official, who describes political life as “exciting and rewarding, but also demanding”, says she now wants to “focus on other projects and challenges”.

“I would like to go back to my roots. I hold a master’s degree in political science and a doctorate in political communication. My doctoral research focused on democratic malaise and political communication. Disaffection with democracy and the phenomena surrounding disinformation are major issues for our contemporary societies. I would eventually like to devote myself to teaching and research in order to pass on and take advantage of the rich experience that I have acquired in the last ten years in politics, ”she said.

Early Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Foster’s attaché had invited the media to a press briefing the next day, during which the MP was to “take stock of her political future”.

A little earlier, the Premier of Quebec had thanked the MP for the past four years, thus confirming her departure. “The people of Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré will have had an endearing and very passionate MNA. Good luck for the future!”, he declared on Twitter.

Ms. Foster is the fifth elected CAQ member to announce her departure, and the fourth woman to do the same.

Ministers Marguerite Blais and Danielle McCann will not be back, as will the member for Verchères, Suzanne Dansereau, who also bowed out.

The member for Rivière-du-Loup, Denis Tardif, also announced a few days ago that he will not run again.