Quebec election:PQ 54, Liberals 50, CAQ 19, Quebec solidaire 2.PQ minority government.

Québec has voted and the results are the election of a weak minority PQ government. The PQ received 32 % of the vote as opposed to the 31 % who voted for the Québec Liberal party. The CAQ received 27 % of the vote and Québec solidaire 6 % of the vote. The polls once one takes the margin of error involved were close but seem to have underestimated the Liberal vote slightly. Seat projections were less clear and inaccurate. The Liberals performed somewhat better than many journalists and pollsters suggested. The combined total of the CAQ and the Liberals constitute 58 % of the votes cast . The combined totals of the sovereignist PQ and the sovereigntist QS are 37 % of the total votes cast. The margin of defeat for the Liberals amounted to a handful of seats lost by no more than a few 1000 votes in total.  If the PQ tries to implement its sovereigntist agenda it will lose the support of the majority of members in the assembly. An alternative government a Liberal CAQ coalition is available. We shall see how long this minority government lasts.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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