Quebec: Liberals Win Back Majority in Latest Election
The Liberals have reclaimed their majority status in Quebec’s government in the latest election, winning 70 out of the 125 seats in the National Assembly. The minority will be formed by Parti Québécois (PQ) with 30 seats, the Coalition Avenir Québec with 22, and Québec Solidaire with three.
The Liberals had previously been ousted by Parti Québécois in the fall of 2012, as a public backlash to lingering questions regarding the party’s integrity. Voters in Quebec responded in this election cycle with a refocus on economic stability and a rejection of divisive politics.
Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois failed to retain her own seat in the National Assembly, and was forced to step down as party leader during her concession speech following the results.
The final tally saw Liberals take an early lead in the popular vote, earning approximately 41 percent of the vote. The PQ dropped seven percentage points from 2012, earning a 25 percent total. The Coalition Avenir Québec and Québec Solidaire rounded out the totals with 23 and three percent, respectively.