08/21/2015 09:59 EDT | Updated 08/21/2015 12:59 EDT

Michèle Audette To Run For Liberals In Quebec Riding Of Terrebonne

Star candidate Michèle Audette will be running for the Liberals in the Quebec riding of Terrebonne, near the Montreal area, Huffington Post Quebec has learned.

The former president of the Native Women's Association of Canada will be travelling to the riding Friday to make her candidacy official.

Audette, who lives in the Maliotenam reserve near Sept-Îles in Northeastern Quebec, will be moving nearer the Montreal area to meet with voters and get to know the local issues. She said her adversaries’ head start doesn’t faze her. “My priority is to be on the ground, to open my ears and my heart. I will be listening,” she said.

She will be running against victims advocate and Tory star candidate Michel Surprenant as well as NDP incumbent Charmaine Borg.

With the early start of the campaign and a few resignations, the Grits were seeking to place candidates in as many remaining ridings as possible. Audette said she didn’t want to take the place of Francine Crevier Bélair’s, who quit this week because of an unpaid loan.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate, because there had been a democratic process underway previously, with other candidates there having sought the nomination,” she said.

Audette had previously sought but failed to win a nomination bid in the Manicouagan riding last fall. Mario Tremblay, the former mayor of Longue-Rive, won the contest instead. He recently made headlines for comments he had made on Facebook suggesting to potential supporters that he too had voted for the Parti Québécois. He blamed a volunteer for the post, suggesting he was a separatist.

This article was translated from The Huffington Post Quebec.

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