Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coalition Avenir Quebec Cruises to Byelection Win in Former Liberal Leader's Riding

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coalition Avenir Quebec Cruises to Byelection Win in Former Liberal Leader's Riding

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Coalition Avenir Quebec captures Liberal seat

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QUEBEC - The governing Coalition Avenir Quebec has passed its first electoral test since winning the Oct. 1 provincial vote, easily capturing the riding of Roberval left vacant by former Liberal premier Philippe Couillard.

With three-quarters of the votes counted in a byelection Monday, Coalition candidate Nancy Guillemette, director of a local mental-health organization, was well ahead with more than 50 per cent of the total.

Premier Francois Legault joined Guillemette on stage to celebrate the win. On Twitter he wrote, "Thanks to this victory, we now have 75 elected members. Not bad for a new party!"

Couillard had won the riding in Quebec's Lac-Saint-Jean region by a wide margin Oct. 1, taking 42 per cent of the votes compared with 24 per cent for the second-place Coalition candidate, Denise Trudel. …

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