It's official: Dominique Anglade is now leader of the Quebec Liberal Party

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by Basem Boshra, CTV Montreal

Montreal Liberal MNA Dominique Anglade was officially named leader of the Quebec Liberal Party on Monday after Alexandre Cusson, the former mayor of Drummondville who threw his hat into the leadership race in January, dropped out.

His departure left Anglade — who has the backing of several of her Liberal MNA colleagues — as the sole remaining candidate to replace former premier Philippe Couillard as the party's leader. 

Anglade, 46, has now officially taken over the reins of the party from Pierre Arcand, who was named interim leader in the wake of the Liberals' 2018 election defeat and Couillard's subsequent resignation.

Anglade will be the first woman and the first person of colour to lead the party. 

Cusson made the announcement that he was bowing out on his Facebook page Monday morning.

He said he and his team believe that, given the COVID-19 pandemic, the race should be pushed to at least 2021, and given that timeline — and the fact that Cusson is not independently wealthy — that he has decided to drop out of the race to focus on making a living.

In March, the Quebec Liberals suspended their leadership contest until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday afternoon, Quebec Premier Francois Legault tweeted his congratulations to Anglade — who was president of Legault's Coaition Avenir Quebec party until splitting with it in 2015 over the CAQ's positions on immigration and identity — and said he looks forward to debating her in the National Assembly.

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