Former M.N.A. surprised by such a close race
Former Orford M.N.A. Robert Benoît is known for his frank talk on provincial politics and is acknowledged as giving a fair opinion regardless of his own political leaning. “I’m surprised to see how close the results are,” he said. “It’s too close to call, nose to nose, even considering the margin of error.”
Mr. Benoît, who worked under Premier Bourassa both as president of the Liberal Party and later as the representative of Orford in Québec City, said the present campaign is not locally driven. “It is as if there is only a national campaign, focused on the chiefs only. But what I can see is the incredible level of disapproval for Mr. Charest, and that doesn’t translate into votes from past experience,” he told the Stanstead Journal.