The news dominating the headlines is either about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump supporting ‘victims’ or even the Indonesian tsunami that has caused countless deaths. It is very easy to forget what just happened in our backyard, which was the Quebec provincial elections, where a third party became the majority leaders.

There were 4 major parties that vied for power in this week’s election:
CAQ with 74 seats
Liberals with 32
PQ with 9
Quebec Solidaire with 10

I thought it would be good to learn a little bit about each one:

CAQ – the “Coalition Avenir Quebec” or “Coalition for Quebec’s Future”
– At 10 years old, it is a relatively young party
– consists of Quebec Nationalists (a nation within Canada, promoting the unity of Quebecois people)Β  and Federalists (the concept of remaining in Canada)
– they have asserted that they will never support Quebec sovereignty

– had 68 seats before the election and were the majority leaders
– although they have less than half the votes than CAQ, it only amounts to 500 thousand fewer votes, or 12%
– nearly all votes came from the Montreal region
– had been in power for the past 15 years
– cuts to health care and education were unpopular
– were responsible for banning face coverings while receiving public services including public transit, which targets Muslim women in particular
PQ – Parti Quebecois
– Quebec sovereignty has always been its #1 priority and mandate
– in 1995 they held a referendum (vote) in the province to see whether they would separate from the rest of Canada and nearly succeeded: ~93.5% voter turnout and 50.58% voted No
– to be considered an official party, they would have needed 12 seats, which they didn’t get
– analysts suggest that because the party ignored the fact that the populace is no longer interested in separating from Quebec, the party lost many votes

Quebec Solidaire
– complicated/different party structure that doesn’t have a leader per se, but “co-spokespeople”, one male and one female