MONTREAL - A veteran federal politician is expected to announce today that he's leaving his seat in Parliament for a shot at the mayor's chair.
High-profile MP Denis Coderre is widely expected to jump into municipal politics today as a candidate for mayor of Montreal.
The longtime Liberal is scheduled to make an announcement via social media this morning and to hold a news conference in front of Montreal City Hall.
The former immigration minister is believed to have been planning a mayoral run for months.
The 49-year-old Coderre has already chosen a name for the new party he is expected to lead into the November municipal elections.
The website for Quebec's elections watchdog says the following name is already registered, and pending authorization: "Denis Coderre Team For Montreal."
To run for mayor, Coderre would have to step down as MP in the Montreal riding he has represented for 16 years.
Interim Mayor Michael Applebaum has said he will not run in the next election.
Applebaum was elected by city council to serve as mayor after Gerald Tremblay stepped down last fall amid corruption allegations.