Quebec election: Judicial recount confirms PQ win in Îles-de-la-Madeleine by 15 votes

Quebec election: Judicial recount confirms PQ win in Îles-de-la-Madeleine by 15 votes
PQ wins Îles-de-la-Madeleine by 15 votes, after recount requested by Liberals
Joël Arseneault, Parti-Québécois candidate in the riding of Îles-de-la-Madeleine in the 2018 election. Parti Québécois / Parti Québécois

The Parti Québécois will keep all nine of the seats it won in the Oct. 1 general election.

A judicial recount in the riding of Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec’s smallest riding by population, confirmed the victory of Joël Arseneau by 15 votes over Liberal Maryse Lapierre. The preliminary margin had been 18 on election night.

The riding was the only PQ gain in the election. It was previously held by Liberal Germain Chevarie, who decided not to seek re-election.

Au terme du recomptage judiciaire, ma victoire est confirmée dans la circonscription des Îles-de-la-Madeleine avec une majorité de 15 voix. Quand on dit que chaque vote compte! Heureux de célébrer avec notre nouveau chef intérimaire @PascalBerube pic.twitter.com/y1XjYH7M1T

Another recount is under way in the riding of Gaspé, where Liberal Alexandre Boulay defeated the PQ’s Méganne Perry Mélançon by 132 votes. That result is controversial because one polling station showed all 194 votes for the Liberal.

Parti Québécois candidate Joël Arseneau won the riding by that small margin over Liberal candidate Maryse Lapierre.

Lapierre was selected as the Liberal candidate after outgoing MNA Germain Chevarie decided not to run for re-election.

Arseneau posted on Twitter that he was celebrating the victory with interim PQ leader Pascal Bérubé, noting that every vote truly does count.

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