Quebec Votes For Change; Pontiac Stays Liberal

Quebec has joined Ontario in sending the Liberals out of power for the first time in about 15 years.

But the same cannot be said locally in the riding of Pontiac.

While the centre-right Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) won a majority government in yesterday's election, Pontiac voters sent Liberal Andre Fortin back to the Quebec National Assembly.

Fortin and the Liberals will now sit on the opposition benches.

Fortin garnered 53.79% of the riding's votes, or 14,839 votes.

That's more than double the riding's CAQ candidate, Olive Kamanyana, who captured 20.37%, or 5,621 votes.

Quebec Solidaire's Julia Wilkie came in third in Pontiac with 10.68%, or 2,947 votes.

Premier-designate Francois Legault made headlines during the campaign with a promise to reduce immigration levels, and remove any immigrants who fail to learn French within three years of living in Quebec.




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