PQ wins revote in Champlain
The Parti Québécois regained some ground after its April 14 defeat, winning a seat in a revote Tuesday.
A new vote was needed in the riding of Champlain, because the PQ and Liberal candidates tied in the election last month.
The PQ's Nolla Champagne defeated Liberal candidate Pierre Brouillette by a comfortable majority in the riding of Champlain. Action Démocratique du Québec candidate Rock Laviolette came in third.
The difference in votes this time around was 641. There was a low voter turnout of 57 per cent, compared with 76 per cent on voting day in April.
A call for Champagne
It was a sweet victory for Champagne, who received her political training working under outgoing MNA Yves Beaumier for the last six years. Now, she becomes the PQ's 45th member in the National Assembly.
Champagne led from the start against her main competitor, Liberal Pierre Brouillette. She says the people in the riding have chosen the best candidate.
Champagne says she believed people in Champlain would return to their roots, despite last month's election of a Liberal government. She says that's what they've done.
Rematch hurt Liberals
Former PQ cabinet minister André Boulerice says this does not look good on the Liberals.
"If you consider that the Liberal government was elected about a month ago, such a vote is a slap on the new government," Boulerice says.
Champagne's win represents the first time people in Champlain have chosen a member of the opposition over a candidate with the party that won the election.
- RIDING PROFILE: Champlain
After Tuesday's revote, the final results leave the Liberals with 76 seats, the PQ with 45 and the ADQ with four.
- BACKGROUNDER - Quebec Votes 2003
- BACKGROUNDER - Parties and Leaders