Westmount Liberals want anglo candidate to run in the riding

Language may be coming to the fore as Quebec gears up for the Oct. 1 election.

On Tuesday, the leaders of all four of the major parties agreed to debate each other in English, saying they'd welcome the opportunity to address anglos in their own language. 

And now, it appears that Liberals in the riding of Westmount-Saint Louis want to make sure an anglophone runs for the Liberals there — should longtime MNA Jacques Chagnon announce he's not seeking another term.

Chagnon has been an MNA since 1985, and has represented the riding of Westmount-Saint Louis since it was created in 1994. Reports have suggested he's one of a seemingly growing list of MNAs who's now mulling over his political future.

Karin Marks, the former Westmount mayor and current vice-president of the Westmount Liberal riding association says they don't want a parachute candidate sent in to represent westmount

"We feel that if Mr. Chagnon does not return, we deserve to have a representative that comes from the community," Marks said.

No star anglo candidates have come forward as yet, though Marks suggests if Chagnon does retire, the talent will step forward.

"Would it be nice if there were another anglophone? Personally, I think it would," she said. "At this point, language is not the primary issue, but understanding our institutions, I think, is a very big issue."

-CJAD 800's Richard Deschamps contributed to this report.