For­mer M.N.A. sur­prised by such a close race

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

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.

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