02/24/2015 01:52 EST | Updated 04/26/2015 05:59 EDT

Mélanie Joly to seek federal Liberal nomination in Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Mélanie Joly has announced she will seek the federal Liberal nomination in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, a riding in Montreal's north end. 

Joly, a former lawyer and partner in a public relations firm, was the surprise runner-up to Denis Coderre in the 2013 mayor race. 

"This party represents my values and I want to be part of the solution," Joly said in a statement Tuesday.

The riding is currently held by Maria Mourani​, a former Bloc MP who announced she will run for the NDP in the next election.

Joly had long been considered a potential candidate under Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, though she previously ruled out the idea in an interview with CBC.