The polls in the final days were more or less correct. The Liberals won 41% of the vote and captured 70 seats. The PQ captured 25 %of the vote and 30 seats. The CAQ 23 % of the vote and 22 seats and Québec Solidaire almost 7 % and 3 seats.the vote split worked very strongly in favour of the Liberals and the CAQ and hurt the PQ the most. Clearly the PQ vote which was shrinking in late polls continued to do so on election day and as a consequence they lost 24 seats from their 54 seat total from 2012. The Liberals on the other hand gained 20 seats over their 2012 result. The CAQ managed to gain 3 additional seats and depending on the final count in several remaining polls Québec Solidaire will increase its total from 2 to 3 seats. The turn out was down from the 74 % turnout in 2012. 68.7 % of eligible voters voted. This definitely hurt the PQ.
This is a decisive victory for the Liberals and an equally decisive defeat for the PQ. Their share of the vote is one of the lowest if not the lowest share in the history of their party. In the speeches that followed the results the leader of the CAQ, François Legault was statesmanlike, committed himself to staying as leader for the next four years and openly courted anglophones to join his party to form a viable alternative to the PQ and the Liberals. The CAQ will be a formidable force on the opposition benches. Françoise David the leader of Québec Solidaire jockeyed for position as the real leader of the sovereigntist movement and leading social democrat and environmentalist. She was almost too combative for an election night. The PQ shell shocked openly announced their leadership campaign by having three of the likely candidates, Pierre Karl Peladeau, Bernard Drainville and Jean François Lisée speak in passionate praise of Pauline Marois and the ideals of their sovereignty dream without it must be said a single reflection on why they might have lost, although Lisée admitted that it was a democratic loss and therefore they needed to absorb it and understand why.
Pauline Marois, for her part because she had also narrowly lost her own seat in Charlevoix-Cote de Beaupré to a young Liberal woman Caroline Simard, announced her resignation as party leader but also spoke strongly in favour of PQ principles and the preservation of French in North America.
Finally Phillipe Couillard had his chance. He was statesman like and gracious in victory, congratulated his opponents ,stressed the need for reconciliation and pronounced a vision of Québec open to all of its citizens without exception. It was a good high note to end the evening. Now we can turn to lowering the unemployment rate, reducing poverty, fixing the health care system and improving education. This was the crux of the Liberal campaign. They have their majority now its time to deliver the goods or as they say here livrer la marchandise !