Quebec election Couillard and Liberals win a majority government in Québec election.: 70 seats; PQ 30; CAQ 22; QS 3.

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 !


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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