SAGUENAY, Que. – The Parti Quebecois easily won a Quebec byelection on Monday in a riding it has held since 1973.
PQ candidate Mireille Jean strolled to victory in the traditionally nationalist riding of Chicoutimi, leaving the Liberals’ Francyne T. Gobeil and Helene Girard of the Coalition for Quebec’s Future far behind.
Jean had around 45 per cent of the popular vote.
In the 2014 election, the PQ captured 34.5 per cent of the popular vote, compared with 29.6 per cent for the Liberals.
The riding was represented between 1998 and last fall by Stephane Bedard before he stepped down. His father, Marc-Andre, held it between 1973 and ‘85.
The result does little to change the makeup of 125-seat national assembly, where the Liberals have 71 members, the PQ now has 30 and the Coalition 20.
Quebec solidaire has three members and there is one Independent.