City councillor Frantz Benjamin to enter provincial politics

City councillor Frantz Benjamin apparently hopes to run for the Liberals in the coming provincial election.

According to the Journal de Montreal, the councillor for Saint-Michel is reportedly planning to seek the governing party's nomination in the riding of Viau.  He told the newspaper he has seen "an improvement" in the area in recent years and wants to help "consolidate" those improvements, which he credits to the provincial government.

Viau is currently represented by Immigration Minister David Heurtel, who announced last month that he will not seek re-election this year. A nomination race has not yet been announced by the party.

Benjamin, who has sat on council since 2009, was originally elected as a member of Union Montreal.  When that political party collapsed amidst the Charbonneau Commission in 2012, he became an independent.  The following year, he joined Equipe Denis Coderre, which has since re-named itself to Ensemble Montreal.  At one time during Coderre's tenure, Benjamin served as the Speaker of City Council.

Quebecers are scheduled to go to the polls on October 1st.