Incumbent New Democrat Pierre Nantel has been dropped from the federal party’s candidate roster after it was learned the Québec MP for the riding of Longueuil–Saint-Hubert was in talks to change teams.

“Given confirmed reports that Pierre Nantel…is in discussions with another party to run under their banner, he has been removed as the NDP candidate,” said Melissa Bruno, the party’s national director in a brief statement issued late Friday afternoon.