PQ short Quebec win and region keeps some Liberals
Deception in the Townships for the Liberals in this election as they lose Premier Charest
the province, as we went to press, the results were not better as the PQ got 56 seats, the Coalition Avenir Québec 19, the Liberals 46. The marginal sovereignist party, Québec Solidaire, closed the score at 2, finally electing co-spokeswoman Françoise David, and Option Nationale’s only MNA, Jean-Martin Aussant, was not able to get his seat.
Earlier in the day, Forum Research which did our exclusive polls last week, released a National Post sponsored poll show- ing that over the week-end, the PQ advance had shown that a true majority could be had for Mrs. Marois’ Parti Québécois party. While it said that she could get 72 seats, she finally got 56. Locally, we were right in predicting much tighter races than the other polling firm did.
In the region, Premier Charest, who came to Sherbrooke and the Saint-François riding last Wednesday, lost his seat in Sherbrooke. Either as a federal or provincial representative, he has been in politics since he was elected in 1984 at the age of twenty-six.
Pierre Reid was elected in Orford, by a majority of 1,717. The presence of two sovereignist parties, getting over 2,000 votes, meant that third time running PQ candidate, Michel Breton, bit the dust.
We will have more in next week’s issue.