05/19/2015 10:09 EDT | Updated 05/19/2016 05:59 EDT

Pierre Karl Péladeau kicks off first day at National Assembly

Pierre Karl Péladeau is kicking off his first day of work at the National Assembly in his new role as leader of the Official Opposition.

Péladeau, the Parti Québécois's new leader, received a rousing send off at a Patriot's Day rally in Montreal yesterday, after his first ballot win on Friday.

The new party leader was flanked on stage by former PQ premiers Bernard Landry and Pauline Marois.

Marois called her successor a great leader, and said she'll support him as much as possible.

In a speech to party faithful, Péladeau said he knows his work as the leader of the opposition will also be a challenge.

He said he has three-and-a-half years in opposition to work toward independence and improving economic development in Quebec.