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Former student leader takes over Parti Quebecois youth wing

Leo Bureau-Blouin is interviewed in his campaign headquarters in Laval, Quebec, August 6, 2012.

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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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