And now, Sidel is a candidate for François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec — the three-year-old party of federalists and sovereignists attempting to put the constitutional bickering aside, focusing instead on unity while trying to improve the provincial economic morass.
Sidel, who turns 33 next Monday, is one of six candidates running in the N.D.G./Montreal West riding for the April 7 provincial election. Liberal Kathleen Weil, the incumbent, has represented the riding since 2008. The CAQ, polling at 17 per cent during the last election, won 27 per cent of the vote — only 200,000 votes behind the Parti Québécois’ minority government.
The CAQ’s extreme desire for positive change is its — and Sidel’s — unifying force.