LISTEN: Québec Solidaire wins third seat, makes modest gains in Montreal

Some QS supporters at election night headquarters at the Olympia theatre.
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It was a squeaker, but Québec Solidaire added a third member to its contingent in the new National Assembly.

The left-wing, pro-independence party added a seat in downtown Montreal by the thinnest of margins.

Longtime community activist Manon Massé, who was attempting for the fifth time to win a seat in the legislature, finally did Monday night, beating her closest rival by a mere 91 votes.

Surprisingly, the second place finisher was Liberal Anna Klisko. PQ incumbent Daniel Breton finished well behind in third place.

The party easily re-elected its other two MNAs — co-leader Françoise David in Gouin, and former co-spokesperson Amir Khadir, who stepped down from that position shortly after the 2012 election.

But the party only garnered eight per cent of the popular vote — up two percentage points from 2012, and the other co-spokesperson, Andrés Fontecilla, finished a distant second in Laurier-Dorion behind incumbent Liberal Gerry Sklavounos.

Co-leader Francoise David said the victory was bittersweet, but she did point out the party did make some inroads in other ridings, very nearly picking off the longtime PQ bastion of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Their candidate in the east-end riding, Alexandre Leduc, fell to incumbent Péquiste Carole Poirier by just over four percentage points.

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  1. Barcham posted on 04/08/2014 01:34 AM
    Watching them give their speeches, you would have thought they had single handedly won the election and a referendum combined. Let's get a bit real won three seats. THREE! That and a couple of bucks will get you a regular coffee these days but that's about it. At least you'll still be able to claim that your party does not suffer from any corruption at the next election four or five years from now.
    1. Juge posted on 04/08/2014 08:26 AM
      @Barcham Barcham, please realize, despite the fact the QS party did not win many seats, consider where the votes directed to the QS would have gone had the QS not been around. You can bet they did not steal ANY votes from the Liberals, probably some from the CAQ, but predominantly from the PQ. That's ok with me. In my books, the QS can hang around for as long as they want and steal votes from the PQ. A splite separatist vote only helps the federalist's cause.
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