ELECTION – As soon as they were elected, Québec solidaire (QS) deputies in the capital both informed their constituents that they were ready to bring their ideas to the National Assembly. François Legault’s government better watch out, Étienne Grandmont and Sol Zanetti intend to keep an eye on it over the next four years.
Étienne Grandmont, who was first confirmed as the successor to his predecessor Catherine Dorion in Taschereau, experienced great emotion. After wiping away tears of joy, he praised the voters’ confidence in him. It is with pride and humility that the former director of Accès transport viable welcomes the mandate entrusted to him to represent the people in his equestrian sport.
Note that the QS representative won with 38.4% of the vote (after 174 ballot boxes out of 178). He has built a comfortable lead of more than 5,000 votes over his nearest rival Jeanne Robin of the Parti Québécois (PQ). The candidate for the coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), Pascale St-Hilaire, follows closely in 3rd place. The turnout of the 47,996 registered voters in the constituency reached 74.85%.
Echoing the words of the outgoing Solidarity MP on the eve of her 2018 victory, Mr. Grandmont that it is not his victory, but that of all activists. “We get down to business immediately. We don’t just win a place, we get an opportunity to shake things up.”
“I heard you campaign for more social justice, solidarity and respect for the environment. We have also won the right and the duty to push to solve the housing crisis, prevent the third link and promote sustainable mobility. We want a greener and freer Quebec ,” he said to cheers from the crowd.
Festivities resumed in the Concorde ballroom minutes later as incumbent Sol Zanetti was re-elected. “We had it Jean-Lesage. The fort held, he said with relief. I understand from this result that you liked what we did and that you want more. It is with you that we will continue to promote hope for the future in the county and in Quebec.”
After 158 ballot boxes out of 161, the solidarity candidate has improved his majority compared to the results in 2018. This time he achieves a lead of almost 1,700 votes compared to only 699 four years ago. Hoping for revenge, her Caquiste rival Christiane Gamache came back in second place. Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) candidate Denise Peter rose to 3rd place. The turnout of the 45,399 registered voters in the constituency reached 70.58%.
“I have never seen such a popular rebellion. This victory is yours, and it is truly beautiful. Sometimes, when you are alone and isolated, the future seems depressing, but together we can hope to change things. Québec solidaire is the engine behind new ideas in Québec. That is why ultimately a unified government will happen,” concluded Mr. Zanetti to thunderous applause.