Quebec's Liberal premier Jean Charest wins third term
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This is the first time since the 1950's,and the that a party and/or leader has been elected to a third consecutive mandate, and the first for the Liberals since the 1920's and Premier Taschereau. The ruling Liberals have won a slim majority, taking 66 of the provincial legislature's 125 seats, while the separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ), led by Pauline Marois, finished second, and took 51 seats.
John James Charest,, is a Canadian lawyer and politician from the province of Quebec and a former leader of the federal (1993–1998), the current leader of the , and the 29th and current . In November 5, 2008, seeing a chance to win a majority, Charest called a snap election for December 8. His party captured a slim majority of seats in the election.
Meanwhile, Action democratique du Quebec leader Mario Dumont announced that he will be leaving politics: "You will not be surprised to hear me tell you that I will not be at the head of my party during the next general election in Quebec. It is with much passion that I have served Quebec for more than 14 years as an MNA and more than 20 years as a party activist. I have loved what I did, but the time has come for me to turn the page."
Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois claims that the PQ is a big winner, for she greatly improved on the party's 2007 disastrous performance: "Today we form the strongest Official Opposition since the Quiet Revolution. Tonight we have been reminded that the Parti Quebecois is a great party. It is a party that has rediscovered its fire [...] Even if we are a little disappointed tonight, the great dream we have for Quebec is very much alive."
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