CAQ leader François Legault says he isn't going anywhere, and neither is his party, which he says has become a player in Quebec politics.
His party won a more than respectable 23 per cent of the vote and 22 seats in Monday's election — just two weeks after his party was all but left for dead by most pundits.
And in his speech to supporters in his home riding of l'Assomption, he said the party has sown the seeds of the future, and extended an olive branch to anglophone supporters in the hopes of building a strong opposition to the Liberals.
"I do hope you will join our party in growing numbers in the months and years to come to build a real alternative to the Liberals," Legault said. "We need you, we need you, we need you to build a stronger and more responsible Quebec which includes all its citizens."
Legault and the CAQ were floundering in the polls — down at as low as 13 per cent in the last week of March — before Quebecers began warming up to Legault after his fiery performance in the two televised debates, where he aggressively went after both the PQ and the Liberals on integrity and job creation, among other issues.