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Leo Bureau-Blouin is interviewed in his campaign headquarters in Laval, Quebec, August 6, 2012. (Christinne Muschi For The Globe and Mail)
Leo Bureau-Blouin is interviewed in his campaign headquarters in Laval, Quebec, August 6, 2012. (Christinne Muschi For The Globe and Mail)

Former student leader takes over Parti Quebecois youth wing Add to ...

A former leader of the powerful Quebec student movement that spurred massive protests two years ago is taking a new role with the pro-independence Parti Quebecois.

Leo Bureau-Blouin was officially made president of the PQ’s youth wing today after running unopposed for the position.

The 22-year-old says he wants to generate more interest in the provincial party among young Quebecers by putting the separatist cause front-and-centre.

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Recent opinion polls suggest support for the PQ among youth has slipped considerably.

Bureau-Blouin left student politics to run for the PQ in the 2012 provincial election, becoming the youngest person ever elected a member of the Quebec provincial legislature.

He lost his seat in the April provincial election, when the Quebec Liberals ousted the PQ from power and won a majority of seats in the legislature.

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