Quebecers opt for continuity | Elections Quebec 2022

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Les Québé cois opt for continuity | Élections Quebec 2022

The CAQ is postponed to power, QS stagnates, the PLQ and the PQ obtain the worst scores of their history and the PCQ draws a blank.

François Legault gets a second consecutive term.

The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) won the election and will lead another majority government. François Legault's party, which won the 2018 election, therefore obtains a second consecutive mandate. And his majority will be even bigger than before.

This is the first time since 2008 that a political party has won two general elections in a row. And it is also the first time since 1998 that Quebecers have given the same party two successive majority mandates. favorite from the start of the campaign on August 28.

The government will once again be led by François Legault. And the Prime Minister will count on an even larger team than the 76 deputies who sat for him at the time of the dissolution of the National Assembly, starting with the 25 members of his Cabinet, who will all return to Parliament, without exception.

Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault was easily re-elected in Louis-Hébert.

The CAQ also had several star candidates elected, including Sonia Bélanger (Prévost), Martine Biron (Chaudière-Appalaches), Kariane Bourassa (Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré), Pascale Déry (Repentigny), Bernard Drainville (Lévis), Christine Fréchette (Sanguinet) and Suzanne Roy (Verchères).

Let us also mention the election, in Duplessis, of Kateri Champagne Jourdain, who will become the first Aboriginal woman in the ;history to enter the Parliament.

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François Legault, who multiplied clumsy statements about immigration during the election campaign, promised Monday evening – in French and in English – to be the prime minister of all Quebecers.

Re-elected, the leader of the CAQ gave a 10 or 15 minute speech in Quebec City stressing that even if an election is divisive, there are, according to him, at Quebec many more things that unite us than things that divide us.

“You do me a great honor to choose me a second time as your Prime Minister. It's a big responsibility, but I'm going to take it with all my heart.

—François Legault, head of the CAQ and Premier of Quebec

Health, education, inflation, pollution… Mr. Legault recalled the main priorities of his next government. He has also pledged to meet with the leaders of the other four main parties – tough but eloquent adversaries – over the next few weeks to discuss issues that bind them together.

The evening was much more difficult for the other formations, which all collected support between 13% and 15%.

For the PLQ, this is the worst score in its history. His support had never fallen as low as in 2018, at 25%. However, the party will keep its place on the opposition benches with a delegation of 20 to 25 deputies.

Its leader, Dominique Anglade, has been re-elected. And she gave the signal Monday night that she intends to stay in office despite her party's setback. In the coming days, months, years, I will deploy the same energy, the same conviction, the same ambition, she assured. The work has begun and must continue.

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The Parti Québécois (PQ) also reached a low level, this party having never won less than 17% of the vote, in 2018. Its leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, was however re-elected, as was Pascal Bérubé (Matane-Matapédia) and Joël Arseneau (Îles-de-la-Madeleine).

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon was delighted to have aroused the support of many Quebecers around the Quebec independence project. Devalued, even despised, both by the liberals and by the caquistes, this social project must continue to make people dream, according to the PQ leader.

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Québec solidaire (QS), for its part, will have to be content with the status quo. The party ended the evening with a score similar to that of 2018 in terms of votes and seats (about ten). His spokespersons Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, in Gouin, and Manon Massé, in Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques, were easily re-elected.

Mr. Legault, as head of the CAQ, you relentlessly attacked the environmental ambitions of QS. We were in the campaign, it was fair game, but now, as Prime Minister, you have to be up to it, warned the deputy for Gouin in his late-night speech. /p> Start of the Twitter widget. Skip widget? End of Twitter widget. Back to top of widget?

Finally, the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) did not elect any MPs. Defeated in Chauveau, its leader, Éric Duhaime, however promised to be back in line in four years.

Calling on his activists not to be too pessimistic, the #x27;a former radio host recalled that QS won only 4% of the vote in the 2007 elections, the first in which this party had participated.

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Other political parties, such as the Green Party of Quebec led by Alex Tyrrell, the Canadian Party of Quebec led by Colin Standish, Climat Quebec led by Martine Ouellet and the Bloc Montreal of Balarama Holness all won less than 1% and did not elect any MPs.

Polling stations closed at 8 p.m. Radio-Canada released its forecast only 10 minutes later.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, quickly issued a statement to offer his congratulations to François Legault, saying he looked forward to continuing to work with [him] to meet the challenges that matter to Quebecers and all Canadians.

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These include fostering the growth of the green economy, tackling climate change, finding solutions to labor shortages, making life more affordable, fostering the creation of affordable housing , invest in infrastructure and build a clean and prosperous future,” he said.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford also hailed the victory of his friend François Legault. Let's continue to forge deeper ties between our two provinces and strengthen the economic ties between us that create well-paying jobs, he tweeted.

Turnout fluctuated on Monday evening between 67% and 68%. That's barely more than 2018's 66.45%.

MPs elected on Monday are expected to be sworn in in two or three weeks. In 2018, the Council of Ministers was presented 18 days after the elections.

Even more than four years ago, François Legault will be spoiled for choice .

Further details will follow.

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