A couple of top economists are now Liberal MNAs who will sit in the National Assembly.

Laurentian Bank chief economist Carlos Leitao took the riding of Robert-Baldwin, and Bank of Canada economist Martin Coiteux won in the western-most riding of Nelligan.

Leitao won about 86 per cent of the popular vote, while Coiteux got about 83 per cent of voter support.

The Liberal Party has always ruled Montreal’s West Island, winning by margins of several thousand votes over rival candidates in the ridings of Nelligan, Robert-Baldwin, Marquette and Jacques-Cartier.

Nelligan's seat was vacated by former Liberal MNA and cabinet minister Yolande James. She announced ealrier this year she would be leaving politics to dedicate more time to her family.

In Robert-Baldwin, Liberal incumbent MNA Pierre Marsan retired from politics — he won in 2012 by more than 23,000 votes.