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Canada Last Liberal riding outside of Montreal up for grabs in Jean-Talon byelection

16:00  01 december  2019
16:00  01 december  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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The Jean - Talon riding has been prestigious for the Liberals , represented by important figures tapped to play key Jean - Talon has never been a strong riding for the Parti Québécois. The party is once again running retired Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site.

Quebecers are voting in a provincial byelection Monday in the Montreal riding of Gouin, where a Ex-student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is up against 13 candidates, including the Liberals ’ Gouin had long been considered a PQ stronghold before that. The last Liberal to win there was Jean -Marie

a sign on a city street: Voters in Quebec City's Sainte-Foy and Sillery neighborhoods will be voting in Monday's byelection to replace Liberal MNA Sébastien Proulx, who quit politics in April 2019.© Provided by cbc.ca Voters in Quebec City's Sainte-Foy and Sillery neighborhoods will be voting in Monday's byelection to replace Liberal MNA Sébastien Proulx, who quit politics in April 2019. Just 14 months after the last provincial election, voters in Quebec City's Jean-Talon riding are heading back to the polls on Monday.

The Liberals are hoping to fend off strong challenges from the Coalition Avenir Québec, as well as Québéc Solidaire and the Parti Québécois.

In 2018, Liberal MNA Sébastien Proulx beat his CAQ opponent by 1,362 votes.

But the former education minister quit politics less than a year later —  leaving an opening in the Liberal fortress.

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The Parti Québécois is calling upon Quebec’s director of elections to examine the manner in which the Coalition Avenir Québec has been waging its byelection campaign in the Quebec City riding of Jean - Talon .

The Liberals last won the riding in 1980. The Conservatives have held onto another long-time Tory riding , however; Dane Lloyd has easily won a byelection in the Edmonton riding of Sturgeon River-Parkland The riding is prime Conservative turf, left vacant after former cabinet minister and interim

The Quebec Liberal Party has won in every single election since the electoral map was drawn in 1966 — although the boundaries of the riding have changed significantly in that time.

It now encompasses part of the Montcalm neighbourhood, as well as Sillery and Sainte-Foy.

If the party loses Jean-Talon, the Liberals will no longer have a sitting MNA outside the greater Montreal region.

The only other Liberal win in 2018 was former premier Philippe Couillard in Roberval.

A byelection followed Couillard's departure in December 2018, and the CAQ's Nancy Guillemette won with 55 per cent of the vote.

The party's only hope now is Gertrude Bourdon.

Bourdon is the former executive director of Quebec City's hospital network, the CHU de Québec, and was one of Couillard's star candidates in 2018.

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Canadian federal elections have provided the following results in Eastern Montreal . The eastern end of the Island of Montreal was the birthplace of the sovereigntist movement, and remained a sovereigntist stronghold for However, Duceppe came up well short in his bid to retake his old riding .

This week's byelection results for suburban Vancouver's Port Moody-Coquitlam riding and the Fraser Valley's Chilliwack-Hope riding are being viewed as measures of the One notable exception was Clark's byelection win last year that gave her a seat in the legislature after she became Liberal leader.

She made a dramatic entrance into politics during that campaign — and was reportedly courted by the CAQ — before joining Couillard's team.

But Bourdon ended up in third place in Jean-Lesage, behind the winning Québec Solidaire candidate, and the CAQ candidate.

'Liberal bastion'

Sillery resident Robert Dinan said the Liberals' time may be up in Jean-Talon.

"It's a Liberal bastion but I think that [Boutin] has a serious chance of winning," he said.

Dinan said he thinks voters in the riding are "obviously consistent", but also "conservative" — and "vote with their wallets."

Sébastien Proulx wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a door: Sébastien Proulx quit politics in August 2018, less than a year after he was re-elected in the Jean-Talon riding.© Provided by cbc.ca Sébastien Proulx quit politics in August 2018, less than a year after he was re-elected in the Jean-Talon riding.

About 20 per cent of voters cast ballots in the advanced polls.

Catherine Delfosse was one of them and said she didn't mind voting again, just 14 months after the provincial election.

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The 26-year-old teacher who won the Saint-Laurent riding in Monday’s federal byelection says her door is open to supporters of all parties.

The riding of Jean - Talon is in Quebec’s Capitale-Nationale region and includes the Quebec City borough of Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge. He was elected in a provincial byelection in 2015, in a seat left vacant by fellow party member Yves Bolduc. Proulx was Minister of Education, Recreation

"It gives us the opportunity to change our minds if we want," she said. "We had the opportunity to test the new government too, which was a great thing."

Strolling down Maguire Street, Rodolphe Gagnon agrees that a second vote gives citizens the chance to critique the government.

He decided to go with Parti Québécois candidate Sylvain Barrette, for the second time in a row.

"For me, it's the party that embodies the sovereignty movements, and I like the balance in the values and policies the party puts forward."

Meanwhile, Québec Solidaire MNAs went door-to-door on Thursday evening to rally support for their candidate, Olivier Bolduc, a teacher and environmental activist.

Polls say CAQ gaining ground

Things are looking good for the CAQ, and that was confirmed by a recent Léger poll, commissioned by the Journal de Montréal.

It found that 49 per cent of respondents in the Quebec City region would vote for the CAQ if another election were held today — only 17 per cent would choose the Liberals.

"I don't need to be a betting person to feel that the Coalition Avenir Quebec is well poised to gain that seat from the Liberals," according to Léger executive vice-president Christian Bourque

Polls will be open on Monday, December 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

List of candidates in the Jean-Talon byelection

  • Éric Barnabé — Quebec Conservative Party
  • Sylvain Barette — Parti québécois
  • Stéphane Blais — Citoyens au pouvoir du Québec
  • Michel Blondin — Parti pour l'indépendance du Québec
  • Olivier Bolduc — Québec solidaire
  • Gertrude Bourdon — Quebec Liberal Party
  • Joëlle Boutin — Coalition Avenir Quebec
  • Emilie Coulombe — Green Party of Quebec
  • Ali Dahan — Independent
  • Stéphane Pouleur — Équipe autonomiste

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