Liberals defeat Bloc in Châteauguay–Lacolle riding after recount

After a recount, Liberal incumbent MP Brenda Shanahan will hold onto the Quebec riding of Châteauguay–Lacolle, winning by only 12 votes. She defeats Bloc Québécois candidate Patrick O'Hara, who was initially declared the winner.

Incumbent MP Brenda Shanahan won by only 12 votes, according to Elections Canada official results

Incumbent Liberal MP Brenda Shanahan, centre, will hold onto her seat in Châteauguay-Lacolle after a recount showed she won the riding by a margin of only 12 votes. (Pascal Robidas/Radio-Canada)

After a recount, Liberal incumbent MP Brenda Shanahan will hold onto the riding of Châteauguay–Lacolle, defeating Bloc Québécois candidate Patrick O'Hara by a narrow margin.

According to Elections Canada, the final tally was 18,029 to 18,017 — a difference of only 12 votes, or .02 per cent.

"The citizens of Châteauguay–Lacolle have renewed their confidence in the Liberal Party and it will be a great honour for me to represent them for a third term in the House of Commons," Shanahan said on Twitter Wednesday.

"I thank Mr. Patrick O'Hara and his team for an excellent campaign."

She acknowledged the recount was a trying process for everybody.

Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Stéphane Perrault announced the recount in Châteauguay–Lacolle, located west of Montreal, on Friday. At the time, the difference between the two leading candidates was 286 votes. 

O'Hara was declared the winner with a 0.59 per cent margin over Shanahan, who was first elected in 2015. At the time, it was the seventh-closest riding in the federal election. Shanahan requested the recount.

The Liberal Party said that it is "important that every vote is counted."

"The Liberal campaign has full confidence in the avenues provided for in the Canada Elections Act for close results like the one in Châteauguay-Lacolle," Liberal spokesperson Braeden Caley said in a statement to CBC News.

Patrick O'Hara, the Bloc Québécois candidate, lost to Shanahan after the recount. The party told Radio-Canada on Wednesday that it has now conceded. (BlocQuébé

Possible issue with ballot box

The recount began Monday and was conducted by Justice Anne Jacob of the Superior Court of Quebec. 

Elections Canada confirmed it detected a possible issue with one of the ballot boxes after the results had been finalized. The agency did not offer details.

"Since validation, Elections Canada has become aware of a potential anomaly with the results reported for a single ballot box at an advance poll," Elections Canada spokesperson Natasha Gauthier said in a statement to CBC News. 

A recount was also called in the electoral district of Trois-Rivières, requested by Conservative candidate Yves Lévesque.

The difference between the two leading candidates in that riding was 92 votes. Bloc Québécois candidate René Villemure was declared the winner nearly two days after the election.


  • A secondary headline that attributed the results to the Liberal Party of Canada has been updated to reflect that Elections Canada has since released official results.
    Oct 07, 2021 12:45 PM ET


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