Alain Rayes appointed lieutenant of Scheer in Quebec

The new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, made the hon. Member for Richmond-Arthabaska, Alain Rayes, his political lieutenant for Quebec.

Mr. Scheer made the announcement on Saturday when he was in Victoriaville on the occasion of the Quebec National Day.

Rayes, formerly mayor of Victoriaville, succeeds Denis Lebel, who had announced his departure from politics earlier this week.

The person who had carried the banner of the Action démocratique du Québec in 2003 is also the Conservative critic for Infrastructure.

The new Conservative leader hailed Rayes’ “organizing and communicating talents”.

To win the next federal election, scheduled in 2019, his training will have to elect more deputies in the Belle Province, said Mr. Scheer.

“I am convinced that with the work of Alain and our very dynamic Quebec caucus, we will succeed,” he said.

“Quebeckers are discouraged by the extent to which the Liberals are disconnected from the issues affecting the regions of Quebec,” he said, citing the records of diafiltered milk and lumber.

Mr. Scheer also emphasized that the Conservatives “have always been strong defenders of respect for provincial jurisdictions”.

During the leadership race of the party, several media reported that Saskatchewan was committed to appointing a minister responsible for the Old Capital region if it came to power.

He won the race with just under 51 per cent of the vote in the 13th round of voting. Several attribute this victory to snatch the mobilization of Quebec farmers against his opponent Maxime Bernier, who advocates the abolition of supply management.

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Of the 259,000 party members, only 62,593 had supported Scheer, who recently announced his intention to take the road this summer to make himself known. He will begin this tour in Quebec, where the Conservatives will try to keep the riding of Lac-Saint-Jean, left vacant by Denis Lebel.