De­ci­sive 5th win for Reid

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Pierre Reid cel­e­brates with (l. to r.) his wife Lynn Blouin, and two of his chil­dren, Louis and Marie-Claire, af­ter his win on Mon­day night.

Pierre Reid didn’t have to wait long to learn that he had won his 5th con­sec­u­tive cam­paign for a Lib­eral seat at the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Mon­day night. Less than an hour af­ter the polls were closed, he knew he had the elec­tion in the bag. Al­though sur­prised with such a quick out­come, he wasn’t en­tirely sur­prised by his win. “Af­ter more than a week of polls go­ing in the same di­rec­tion, all in­di­cat­ing a trend to­wards a Lib­eral govern­ment, I wasn’t re­ally sur­prised,” said the re-elected Or­ford can­di­date on Tues­day.

Asked which per­sonal qual­i­ties helped his leader win this elec­tion, Mr. Reid, who sup­ported Mr. Couil­lard in his bid as leader of the Que­bec Lib­er­als, com­mented: “I just watched his first press con­fer­ence as pre­mier. He is a man who, when he speaks, you be­lieve him. He gen­er­ates trust and con­fi­dence, and he’s re­spect­ful of oth­ers. He’s also very in­tel­li­gent and learns very quickly; he knows his pri­or­i­ties.”

Com­ment­ing on why, in his opin­ion, the Parti Que­be­cois lost the elec­tion, Mr. Reid said: “The pop­u­la­tion de­cided they didn’t like the pol­i­tics of the PQ. Dur­ing the last year and a half they were in­sen­si­tive to the econ­omy, jobs and the neces- sity of a bal­anced budget. They were play­ing ‘hide­and-seek’ with the pop­u­la­tion when it came to a ref­er­en­dum, but dur­ing the elec­tion it be­came clear that they were us­ing two lev­els of lan­guage; people don’t like that. They also tried ‘wedge’ pol­i­tics, like in the United States. They used an is­sue like the Char­ter to di­vide the pop­u­la­tion, but we saw yes­ter­day that the Que­bec people don’t want to get into that kind of pol­i­tics.”

“Mr. Couil­lard will be a good pre­mier be­cause he has strong be­liefs, he’s very trans­par­ent and has in­tegrity. As a brain sur­geon he had to be very task-ori­ented and tar­get-ori­ented, and he brings that to pol­i­tics. He has an im­por­tant and dif­fi­cult task in front of him now, to cre­ate the Cab­i­net,” said Mr. Reid.

“I’m very happy. I have a strong be­lief in democ­racy. It’s not al­ways a straight line but when people go too far, people will re­act to that. I think there is one im­por­tant mes­sage in this: Que­bec must be in­clu­sive with im­mi­grants and the ba­sic pop­u­la­tion, the An­glo­phone com­mu­nity be­ing a part of that. We must en­cour­age har­mony be­tween French and English; we are a good ex­am­ple of this here in the Town­ships and I’m look­ing for­ward to the next four years; we should get a lot done here,” con­cluded Mr. Reid.

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