François Legault‘s Coalition Avenir Québec will form the next government in Quebec after cruising to a commanding majority for a second time, with an even stronger mandate for the next four years.
Global News projected the victory Monday night after a five-week election campaign that saw party leaders crisscross the province in hopes of appealing to voters and their base of supporters.
Legault’s party jumped to an early lead, with the call coming in around the 15-minute mark after polls closed on election night. As of 11:25 p.m, the CAQ was leading or elected in around 89 ridings — a significant rise from the party’s standing of 76 seats before parliament broke for the summer. In Quebec, a party needs 63 seats to form a majority.
Legault, the incumbent premier and leader of the CAQ, was seen celebrating with family shortly after he was re-elected. He was well ahead in the polls for most of the campaign — with other major parties at a distant second. Support for the party barely budged despite Legault having faced a tough sprint, including being roundly criticized for his comments on immigration.
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