Following Dawn Black's resignation as MP from New Westminster-Coquitlam, now we get word that BQ MP Paul Crête is going to resign his seat and run in the provincial by-election to replace Mario Dumont as MNA from Rivière-du-Loup. Crête is MP for Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup and won by a comfortable 7,000 votes in October 2008. The riding should be a safe BQ hold, but it will be interesting to see how the CPC and LPC do in the race for 2nd place. I don't think the NDP has much presence here.
So, the QC by-election should be a solid BQ hold, but Dawn Black's seat will likely be a tight 3-way race between NDP, Libs and Cons. Are there any other rumoured resignations coming soon? I heard some buzz that Hochelaga BQ MP Réal Ménard will be stepping down to run in the Montreal municipal election this fall. Any word on what Stéphane Dion will do? I would think he'd want to go back to teaching at this point.