Update: Quebec elections

by Alan Cohen

Yesterday Quebec held its provincial elections. The Parti Quebecois won with 54 seats, followed by the Liberals with 50 seats, the CAQ with 19 seats, and Quebec Solidaire with 2 seats. For an explanation of what this means, see my last post. I’m a bit surprised by the strong showing for the Liberals, despite polls that suggested they might finish in third place. The Parti Quebecois has a minority government. Unlike in many European countries, there are unlikely to be alliances among parties to form a governing coalition – the PQ will govern with less than a majority of votes (63 would be needed). This means the government may be unstable, and new elections might be held in the next year or two. It also means that the governing party can’t pass it’s most extreme policies.