07/09/2019 14:11 EDT | Updated 07/09/2019 14:23 EDT

Rejean Hebert, Former Parti Quebecois Minister, Wants To Run For Trudeau's Liberals

He served as the province's health minister in Pauline Marois' government.

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Rejean Hebert speaks in Quebec City on May 30, 2013, as then-Quebec Premier Pauline Marois listens.

LONGUEUIL, Que. — Former Parti Quebecois minister Rejean Hebert says he will seek to be a candidate for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in a Montreal-area riding in the October federal election.

Hebert made the announcement today at a restaurant in Longueuil surrounded by his family.

The former provincial health minister will go up against local city councillor Eric Beaulieu in a bid to run for the Liberals in the riding of Longueuil-Saint-Hubert against the incumbent, the NDP’s Pierre Nantel.

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Hebert says his interest in federal politics lies in defending health care issues, including home care and the impact of climate change on the health of citizens.

While health care falls under provincial jurisdiction, Hebert believes the federal government can play an important role in getting the provinces to approach care differently.

Hebert says he’s turned the page on the sovereigntist-federalist fight, saying Quebecers don’t want another referendum.

Hebert, dean of the School of Public Health at the Universite de Montreal, was provincial health minister between 2012 and 2014 under Pauline Marois’ short-lived PQ minority government.