Defeat of Jonathan Lapierre: Madelinots will have to find a new mayor | Elections Quebec 2022

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Jonathan Lapierre's defeat: Madelinots will have to find a new mayor | Élections Québec 2022

The candidate of the CAQ in the Magdalen Islands, Jonathan Lapierre, was defeated by PQ Joël Arseneau, re-elected for a second term with 539 votes in advance.

Defeated in the elections by PQ Joël Arseneau, the candidate of the Future Coaltion Quebec (CAQ) Jonathan Lapierre will not resume his position as mayor of the Municipality of Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

Jonathan Lapierre, who has held the position of mayor since 2013, confirmed this Monday evening on local radio station CFIM.

It's the end of the city ​​hall. I made it clear, I'm not changing my mind, he said.

He later confirmed his comments on his Facebook page.

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Jonathan Lapierre confirms his resignation

The Municipality of Îles-de-la-Madeleine indicates that the municipal council will take note of his official resignation at the next meeting, on October 11. An electoral calendar will be defined later.

According to the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities, the returning officer has 30 days after the official resignation to set the date of the ballot.

From then on, elections must be held within four months.

The CAQ candidate did not respond to interview requests from Radio-Canada.

The day after the victory of outgoing PQ MP Joël Arseneau, opinions are shared among the Madelinots. Mr. Arseneau is one of only three PQ candidates to be elected.

Joel, that wasn't my vote. […] The opposition, it's not famous, says Denise Cormier.

Joël is able to defend us, it will be fine, tells us Jacques Pelletier.

The PQ, I agree, but as an individual, I liked Jonathan better. […] I know him well. I know he did a good job as mayor. I am convinced that he would have done an excellent job, says Carole Thellab.

For the solidarity candidate Jean-Philippe Déraspe, who finished fourth in the race, the passage of Storm Fiona helped crystallize the PQ vote, bringing environmental issues to the fore late in the campaign.

Some people [told me] that the environment was their priority and that they were really focused on an environmental vote. But a lot of people, I believe, voted strategically for the current campaign, the supporter said.

He also confirmed that ;he will stand for re-election in 2026.

With information from Isabelle Larose

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