Quebec economist Jean-Martin Aussant has been granted permission by Parti Québecois leader Jean-François Lisée to return to politics as a member of the PQ, in light of the upcoming election in October 2018, sources tell the Montreal Gazette.
Aussant was a Member of the National Assembly for the PQ from 2008 until 2011 in the riding of Nicolet-Yamaska. He left the PQ in 2011 because he claimed the party was too soft on separatism, according to the Montreal Gazette. He was still an MNA under his new party, Option Nationale, and lost in the 2012 elections to current Coalition Avenir Québec MNA Donald Martel in the riding of Nicolet-Bécancour.
He left politics in 2013 due to family reasons. His legacy, Option Nationale, recently merged with the left-wing separatist party Québec Solidaire. Aussant will currently work as an advisor for Lisée until the elections in October, where he plans to run to become an MNA once more. The PQ has not announced which riding they will give to Aussant.
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