QUEBEC — A member of the Coalition for Quebec’s Future is jumping to the federal Conservatives as Prime Minister Stephen Harper pushes for further inroads in the province.

Gerard Deltell says he will seek the Tory nomination in the Quebec City riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent.

The 50-year-old Deltell was first elected to the legislature in 2008 under the now-defunct Action democratique du Quebec.

He became leader in 2009, a position he kept until the party dissolved and blended into Francois Legault’s newly found Coalition party.

Deltell was re-elected in 2012 and 2014.

The Tories won five out of 75 seats in Quebec in 2011 after winning 10 three years earlier.

The Canadian Press