PQ Win Minority Government

It doesn’t carry as much heft as it did back in 1976 when the Rene Levesque-led Parti Quebecois captured their first electoral victory, but tonight Quebeckers voted to hand the reins of power to Pauline Marois and her PQ colleagues. In the process, Marois makes history by becoming the province’s first female premier. But it was only by the slimmest margins.

With 31.9 per cent of the popular vote, the PQ won 54 seats. The Liberals, meanwhile, received 31.1 per cent of the vote, and won 50 seats; while the Coalition Avenir Quebec under leader Francois LeGault captured 19 seats with 27 per cent of the popular vote.

As far as the PQ’s separatist agenda goes, it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement. In her victory speech, which was cut short by a disturbance, Marois pledged to press Quebec’s demands for greater sovereignty in Ottawa. That’s likely to go over like a lead balloon with the federal Conservatives. And if Harper is in a particularly Machiavallian mood, he might even welcome a confrontation. With only five Quebec MPs, the Conservatives don’t really have anything to lose by alienating hardcore separtists in the province, but by doing so, they could put federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, with his 59 member Quebec caucus, in an extremely tricky spot.

You can read more about the election on CBC.

Author: Gregory Beatty

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5 thoughts on “PQ Win Minority Government”

  1. Of course Harper will capitalize. Capt Canada will make the “protection of Canada and Canadian interests” against the French Canadian threat the central theme of Election 2015. He’s practically creaming his pants, oh, the added bonus of fighting a woman…a Conservative dream.

  2. It’s also true that the federal Conservatives are keen to limit the power of the federal government to those areas that are specifically granted to it under s. 91 of the BNA Act so there might be some interest in a devolution of powers. Plenty of other provinces besides Quebec would be on board with that, although what this would mean for the long-term viability of Canada as a country is another matter.

  3. Pauline Marois and her PQ party are a pathetic bunch. To think they are in a position to demand another future referendum in a minority status is very shortsighted and unrealistic.
    Quebec has debt/deficit/economy issues prevailing first.
    Also, have they forgotten the Bloc at the Federal level are down to 3 seats and have no real say or any way to push for another referendum. Useless BS.

  4. I’ve never likes the idea/fruition of a province-only party, having Federal input.
    The 4 parties that cross Canada with 330ish candidates are, legit Federal parties.

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