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ADQ candidates surprised many people except themselves when they walked away with 41 seats in one of the tightest election races in Quebec politics in history. The race was basically between the PQ, the ADQ and the Liberals and in the end almost 70% of the population of Quebec voted against Charest and his party who are now in the position of running a minority government.
Many political analysts and media seemed to underestimate the ADQ and Mario Dumont and his huge swelling of support seems to show how disconnected pollsters and the political spin doctors can be. The Liberals pre election cries that the ADQ was too immature to be in power was basically unheard as voters turned out in high numbers to give Charest and his Liberals a good old fashioned face rub!
The incumbent Liberals won 48 of the 125 seats in the national assembly, compared with the ADQ's 41 and the PQ's 36.
Some compare the Liberals to a team of overpaid veteran hockey players who have won the Stanley Cup so many times and are so overpaid that when it comes time to another playoff race they seem to feel they are invincible and re-run the same stick handling moves they’ve used for years…but then the young hungry skaters fresh out of the Junior Hockey League get the chance to play and they go out and win because they have heart and soul! The ADQ showed that hockey spirit!
While Charest may have squeaked by with a victory this time…it appears that there is a strong desire in Quebec to have a new team of young, fresh players to represent the home team!
Brome-Missisquoi 2007 Quebec Election Results
Pierre Paradis, Liberal Party, 39.8% with 13986 votes.
Jean L'Écuyer, ADQ, 31.4% with 11029 votes.
Richard Leclerc, Parti Quebecois, 20.3% with 7114 votes.
Vanessa Thibodeau, Green Party, 5.5% with 1946 votes.
Lorraine Lasnier, Quebec Solidaire, 3% with 1058 votes.
The historical trend in Brome Missisquoi
Liberal support in Brome-Missisquoi has been declining steadily since 1994 when they won the election with 61% of the popular vote. In that 1994 election the ADQ, still a fairly new commodity, won only 6% of the vote.
In the 1998 election the Liberals further dropped to 57% while the ADQ moved up to 11%.
In 2003 the Liberals stumbled again dropping to 55% of the vote while the ADQ moved up to 18% support in the riding.
Now, in 2007 the Liberals are below 40% and the ADQ is at 31% of the popular vote. For the first time the Liberals have seen opposing parties collectively have more of the popular vote.
The trend seems to be fairly solid and DestinationKnowlton.com predicts that the next election the ADQ will receive 55% of the vote in Brome-Missisquoi. Place your bets!!
Brome-Missisquoi contains the following municipalities: Abercorn, Austin, Bedford, Bolton-Est, Bolton-Ouest, Bonsecours, Brigham, Brome, Bromont, Cowansville, Dunham, East Farnham, Eastman, Farnham, Frelighsburg, Lac-Brome, Lawrenceville, Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, Potton, Saint-Alphonse, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle, Saint-Armand, Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, Saint-étienne-de-Bolton, Saint-Ignace-de-Stanbridge, Saint-Pierre-de-Véronne-â-Pike-River, Sainte-Sabine, Stanbridge East, Stanbridge Station, Stukely-Sud and Sutton.