Agnès Grondin will continue to be a member of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in the National Assembly of Argenteuil. Grondin, who was first elected in 2018, won re-election in Quebec’s Monday, Oct. 3 provincial election, which saw the CAQ under leader — and premier, Francois Legault returned with a government in strong majority.
“It’s a privilege to represent Argenteuil,” Grondin told fans gathered at the Code Rouge bar in downtown Lachute.
“I will continue to represent all the citizens of Argenteuil,” she noted.
Grondin said she will continue to support the interests of local municipal leaders and the leadership of community and social service organizations in the district.
After thanking a long list of campaign workers, Grondin commented on how the campaign in Argenteuil has been characterized by respectability among candidates and she hopes each candidate will continue to be politically engaged.
Grondin said his first priorities in the new four-year term are to ensure there is support for local initiatives and projects. She mentioned the ongoing challenge of restoring an old church in Lachute as the city’s new public library as an example. Improving access to health services has been a top priority for Grondin throughout the campaign. She said one of her priorities is to ensure that all Argenteuil residents have access to healthcare professionals, including doctors and long-term care facilities, when they need them. .
As of October 3 at 11:37 p.m., Grondin was elected with 14,158 votes or 45.31% of the popular vote, according to Elections Quebec. Parti Québécois (PQ) candidate François Girard finished second with 5,064 votes or 16.21% of the popular vote.
The candidate of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ), Dr. Karim Elayoubi, ranked third in Argenteuil with 4,665 votes or 14.84% of the popular vote.
Elayoubi, a doctor from Lachute, said his campaign had the support of young voters and had a solid base, but not enough to win an election. He was not shocked by the outcome of the election.
“I’m not totally surprised by the results,” Elayoubi said at Resto-Bar Le Caucus in downtown Lachute, where his supporters had gathered.
The emergency physician participated in the development of the PCQ platform on health care. It included reforming public health law, increasing medical school admissions and recruiting doctors from overseas, and greater private sector involvement in health care. Elayoubi said he hoped the PCQ health platform would serve as an example for the CAQ government to follow in the coming term.
Marcel Lachaine of Québec solidaire was in fourth position with 3,289 votes and 10.46% of the popular vote in Argenteuil.
The Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) finished fifth in Argenteuil.
“I will definitely try to understand what happened,” said Liberal candidate Philippe LeBel at Restaurant Olive in Lachute, where his supporters had gathered for election night.
Mr. LeBel wondered if the media coverage had not boosted the already solid support of the CAQ during the campaign. He said the results did not reflect what he heard from voters he spoke with. LeBel acknowledged that there was still some discontent with the PLQ, due to the unpopularity of the government of former Prime Minister Philippe Couillard, which was defeated in 2018.
Despite the loss, LeBel believes Liberal support is not dead in Argenteuil – once a party stronghold. He said his public presence was strong throughout the campaign and that he planned to remain engaged in the political process.
“Politics is not for me at all. I will always stand up for what I believe in,” LeBel said.
Parti canadien du Québec/Parti canadien du Québec candidate Jean Lalonde finished sixth in Argenteuil with 424 votes, or 1.34% of the popular vote. Green Party of Quebec candidate Luis Alvarez received 417 votes, or 1.32% of the popular vote, and DD candidate Marie-Eve Milot finished seventh with 109 votes, or 0.35% of the popular vote.
On the other side Quebec
The announcement of the victory of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) did not take long on Monday evening. Polling stations closed at 8 p.m. and at 8:10 p.m. Radio-Canada predicted that there would be a CAQ majority government.
According to Elections Quebec, the CAQ was in the lead or elected in 83 of the 125 ridings as of 12:13 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4. The CAQ had won 1,607,267 votes and 41.22% of the popular vote on that date. Leader and Premier François Legault was re-elected in his riding of L’Assomption in the Lanaudière region.
The Liberals will form the Official Opposition in the National Assembly with 23 MNAs. The party, which has governed Quebec the most since Confederation, experienced the worst electoral result in its history on October 3. However, Chief Dominique Anglade retained her seat in the Montreal riding of St-Henri-Ste-Anne.
Socialist Québec Solidaire will hold the third most seats in the Quebec Legislative Assembly over the next four years. As of October 4 at 12:20 a.m., Québec solidaire was in the lead or elected in 10 ridings. Co-leaders Manon Masse and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois were each re-elected in Sainte-Marie-St-Jacques and Gouin, respectively.
Monday’s election results were the worst in Parti Québécois (PQ) history. Commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of party founder and former premier René Lévesque did not translate into significant victories for the PQ on October 3. The party was elected or led in just three constituencies as of 12:27 a.m. on October 4. The leader of the PQ, Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon, however, won in his riding of Camille-Laurin. St-Pierre-Plamondon had no seat in the National Assembly before the election.
As of 12:30 a.m. on October 4, the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) had garnered 13.09% of the popular vote across Quebec, but the presentation resulted in no victory for the party, including the leader Éric Duhaime in the Chauveau district.
The Green Party of Quebec/Green Party of Quebec had won 0.75% of the popular vote and no seats in the province as of 12:36 a.m. Tuesday.