Francois Legault, CAQ: Facts About Coalition Avenir Quebec's Leader

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Francois Legault, leader of the Coalition Avenir Quebec, comments Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the legislature in Quebec City on the ongoing conflict with students over tuition hikes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot | CP

MONTREAL - Quebecers will vote in a provincial election on Sept. 4. Francois Legault will be leading the Coalition avenir Quebec (Coalition for Quebec's Future) in the party's first provincewide election. Here is a sketch of Legault:

Facts About CAQ's Francois Legault
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Born: May 26, 1957, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que.

Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration and master's in business administration, both from l'Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales (HEC).

Professional career: Auditor with Ernst & Young from 1978 to 1984; co-founded Air Transat in 1986.

Political career: Elected to legislature in 1998 as member of Parti Quebecois; minister of commerce and industry in 1998; minister of education from 1998 to 2002; minister of health in 2002 and 2003; finance critic from 2003 to 2009; co-founded Coalition avenir Quebec in 2011.

Personal: Married with two children.

Quote: ''I can't be any clearer. Sovereignty is no longer on the table. The Coalition avenir Quebec will never promote Quebec sovereignty. Is that clear enough?'' — Legault dismissing a suggestion his party favours Quebec independence.

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