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

08/01/2012 12:31 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT
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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


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.