We are waking up to a new political reality this morning in Quebec.
After nearly a half-century of two-party rule in the province, the seven-year-old Coalition Avenir Quebec party won a majority mandate in yesterday’s election.
Premier-designate Francois Legault’s CAQ won 74 of the province’s 125 seats, as opposed to the the 32 won by the incumbent Liberals.
M. Legault reached out to anglophone voters to work with him to make Quebec stronger.
Outgoing Liberal premier Philippe Couillard was elected in Roberval, but said he would take a few days to ponder his own
And Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee lost the Rosemont riding and stepped down as leader after the P-Q won
only nine seats and lost official party status.
Meanwhile in our area, the Liberals made a clean sweep of the four West Island ridings, with former NHL enforcer Enrico Ciccone, taking Marquette, Greg Kelley, son of the riding’s former MNA Geoff Kelley took Jacques-Cartier, Nelligan has a new MNA but stays in Liberal hands with Monsef Derraji and now former Finance Minister, Carlos Leitão, won a decisive victory in Robert-Baldwin.
Off island, a couple of upsets, in Soulanges, where Lucie Charlebois, held the riding for the Liberals since 2003, the CAQ candidate, Marilyne Picard ended up winning a very close race by just over 23 Hundred votes.
Vaudreuil remains in the hands of the Liberals with Marie-Claude Nichols now elected for a second term following another close battle.
And in Beauharnois, which has been a PQ stronghold since 1994, CAQ candidate Claude Reid surprised even himself by unseating the PQ’s Mireille Théorêt in a decisive win.
The CAQ swept to victory with one of the lowest voter turnouts in history.
According to Elections Quebec, only 66.45 percent of us made it to the polls yesterday.
Only the third time that a Quebec General election has fallen to below 70 percent turnout.
With files from Canadian Press