LISTEN: Fatima Houda-Pépin goes down to defeat in La Pinière

A beaming Gaetan Barrette with supporters in La Piniere.
Derek Marinos/CJAD

Liberal star candidate Gaetan Barrette cruised to victory in the south-shore riding of La Pinière, defeating Fatima Houda-Pépin, the longtime Liberal who publicly broke with the party in the midst of the contentious debate over the PQ's charter of values.

The former head of the Quebec federation of medical specialists won by a margin of more than 14,000 votes, easily defeating the popular MNA who had represented the riding since 1994.

Houda-Pépin, the only Muslim serving in the National Assembly, says she paid a political price for clashing with the Liberals over a piece of Muslim headgear called a chador — but she says she has no regrets.

"I am very proud of having served the community for over 20 years, six consecutive mandates," she said.

As for Barrette, he says he overcome a major hurdle with voters by shedding the parachute candidate image.

During the campaign, he enlisted the help of Brossard Mayor Paul Leduc.

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  1. sammy posted on 04/08/2014 07:41 AM
    Good riddance Fatima Houda - Pepin. Only voted for you since you were part of the Liberal team. As a person you were disliked by many in the community.
  2. Juge posted on 04/08/2014 08:29 AM
    Thank you Mdme Houda-Pepin for your 20 years of service. Now go away.
  3. Jean Jaques posted on 04/08/2014 02:18 PM
    I only voted for her back in the day because she was liberal candidate. I hate her ideas, I didn't like her as a person and she's never amounted to anything as a politician (never been a minster or occupied any important position in all this time)... and now she's blaming her municipality and her community for her loss... good riddance, don't come back
  4. Sunshine posted on 04/08/2014 02:44 PM
    Funny! I posted one comment favoring the lady. You refused it. You preferred to post three comments containing the words 'dislike' and 2 'hates'. Way to go Aaron Rand!
  5. Brossard-ian posted on 04/08/2014 07:13 PM
    She signed her own political demise by supporting the Charter. Instead of representing her constituents who more than 50% are anti-Charter, she, for lack of a better word, betrayed them. The one time they counted on her to defend their constitutional rights she dropped the ball. MNAs are supposed to represent and defend the convictions of the people who elected them. She has no one to blame but herself.
  6. Terry posted on 04/09/2014 12:08 AM
    The Liberals could of ran Larry, Moe, or Curly and either one would have one. The Liberal party always wins in Lapiniere (Brossard) irrespective of the candidate.
  7. George posted on 04/09/2014 07:43 PM
    The Liberals would present Rob Ford as a canditate and most of you guys would vote for him, so I'm not really impressed at all by the quality your comments!
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