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As un-believable as it may seem the Liberal Party, led by Jean Charest, have convinced a slim majority of Quebec voters to support them during the 2008 Quebec Election. Brome-Mississquoi riding has again decided to support the Liberal Party despite the confusion at the Federal Level, historical damning policies and scandals and the ambiguous direction at the Provincial level.
While certain analysts have blamed the record low voter-turnout on the frigid weather which kept many voters strapped to their Sofas, other's said that the recent splurge of elections have numbed the Quebec voter to the point of psychosis.
No matter the reason, the ADQ, who only 20 months ago during the last Quebec election exploded on the scene and came in with a solid showing in many new districts, suddenly found themselves in third place as the big blue wave receded and carried them away deep out to sea. For more analysis visit the Wikipedia page on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/39th_Quebec_general_election.
One disturbing fact was the record low turnout. Goodness more people watched the finale of So You Think You Can Dance in Quebec than there were people who went out to vote!
In Brome-Missisquoi the results were:
Pierre Paradis - Liberal Party - 14,926 votes
Richard Leclerc - Parti Quebecois - 8,280 votes
Mario Charpentier - ADQ (Action Democrate) - 5,127 votes
Louise Martinueau - Parti Vert - 1,006 votes
Diane Cormier - Quebec Solidaire - 884 votes
Jacques-Antoine Normandin Independant - 171 votes
The love for the Liberals seemed to be inbred in many regions of Quebec despite what happens in the economic and day-to-day reality and many people in Quebec are shaking their heads wondering what is happening! Between the chaos of the Coalition Government of the NDP, Bloc and Liberals in Ottawa at the federal level and the political dog and pony shows of the recent months, including these elections in Quebec, there are many who feel that the Liberals seem to be totally disconnected from the actual crisis of the common-man in Canada and this province.