Quebec Conservatives do well in popular vote but fail to win seats


Quebec’s Conservative Party (PCQ) won the October 3 election by several hundred votes but failed to elect a candidate.

Nevertheless, PCQ leader Eric Duhaim took an optimistic note on his supporters gathered in the Quebec City area.

“Some people thought I was crying, but I’m laughing. By far the biggest growth of all political parties, something we haven’t seen in recent Quebec political history. ” he said Monday night, pointing to the party’s growing support.

The PCQ candidates were in direct competition in this campaign with the high-ranking coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ), which has a more right-wing political proposition compared to other major Quebec parties.

Prime Minister François Legault’s CAQ took the state by storm, increasing ridership from 76 to 90 in the 125-seat parliament.

The Beauce-Nord and Beauce-Sud mounts were hotly contested by PCQ, losing to CAQ by 202 and 425 votes respectively.

Beauce-Nord Candidate Olivier Dumet, Said He requested a recount, noting that the gap was 202 votes and 372 votes were canceled. rice field.

The province’s conservative centers are located around the capital city of Quebec and south of the Bose region. Most of the Quebec Conservative MPs hail from the region.

PCQ was second only to CAQ on several other rides in the area, albeit on a weaker display than Bose.

Former radio personality Duhaim lost to CAQ by over 6,000 votes aboard Showbo in the Quebec City area.

In addition to failing to win seats, Duheim’s party was also last in the popular votes of the major parties, but not by much.

The PCQ won 12.92 percent of the vote, trailing the more established Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), which won 14.38 percent. That’s a difference of less than 60,000 votes.

By comparison, PCQ won 1.46 percent of the vote in the 2018 election.

The PCQ failed to win any seats, but the PLQ won 21 seats and formed a formal opposition party.

The PLQ lost six seats in the election, while another similar old party, the Quebec Party, fell from seven to three seats. PQ won her 14.6% of the public vote.

The only party other than CAQ to make a profit is Quebec Solidaire (QS), the farthest left in politics and a relatively new party that ran its first elections in 2007.

The QS increased from 10 seats in the previous parliament to 11 seats today, winning 15.43% of the popular vote. 16.1 Percent earned in 2018.

‘to go’

Duheim told supporters he had no intention of stepping down after the results came out on October 3.

“I will be in the next campaign, no doubt,” he said.

The PCQ leader likened politics to hockey and said there are three periods to play.

He said his party had won the “first phase,” which was intended to be counted among the major parties.

Duheim said he never expected his party to be invited to the leaders’ debate, but he eventually took credit for certain issues raised during the campaign.

“If the Conservative Party hadn’t been there, there would have been no discussion of adding private sector contributions in health care,” he said.

He also mentioned other issues, such as the reopening of the GNL natural gas project and the debate over school choices.

Duhaime said the “second period” of the game will begin on October 4 and consist of strengthening and growing the party base.

PCQ would benefit from a much larger financial allocation awarded by the state due to its improved results in the popular vote.party received It will be just under $150,000 in 2021 and is now poised to receive over $1 million annually.

Duhaim said this would help the party organize and compete better in its next campaign, which he defined as a “third term.”

The PCQ ran its latest campaign as the only party to criticize the draconian pandemic restrictions imposed by Premier Legault and the only party in favor of exploiting Quebec’s hydrocarbon resources.

The party platform also proposed lower income and fuel taxes. When it comes to healthcare, PCQ aims to decentralize the system and increase the contribution of the private sector.

Noe Chartier

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Noé Chartier is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Montreal. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret