Montreal

Parti Québécois wins Richelieu riding in byelection

The Parti Québécois won a longtime stronghold by a slim margin, in a Quebec byelection Monday night. Sylvain Rochon took the riding of Richelieu, which has voted PQ since 1994, and became vacant last fall when Élaine Zakaïb stepped down.

Seat became vacant last fall when Élaine Zakaïb stepped down

The Parti Québécois' Sylvain Rochon took the riding of Richelieu, which has voted PQ since 1994. (Radio-Canada)

The Parti Quebécois barely held onto a longtime stronghold in a Quebec byelection Monday night.

Sylvain Rochon took the riding of Richelieu — northeast of Montreal — which has voted PQ since 1994, and became vacant last fall when Élaine Zakaïb​ stepped down.

Rochon, who won with 36 per cent of the vote, was a former adviser to Zakaïb.

The Liberals have 69 seats in the 125-member national assembly, compared with 30 for the PQ.

The Coalition Avenir Québec has 22 seats, Québec Solidaire has three, and there is one vacancy.

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