Fourteen-something hours ago, I stated the following:
A few days ago, I even stated on Facebook that I had made my peace with the fact that my (NDP) vote would not really count in my riding, the latter being Gilles Duceppe’s, the Bloc Québécois party leader. I also said I’d still be voting regardless, as my civic duty is important to me.
Well… Am I ever glad I (and 20k+ others) did! Here’s what happened later that day:
Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe announced last night he was stepping down as Bloc leader after his party took its worst drubbing in its nearly two decades of existence. […] Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe failed to clinch his own seat in Laurier-Sainte-Marie, losing to NDP neophyte Héléne Laverdière.
Even better, he didn’t even lose to what might have been his usual competition (Liberal). Double whammy.
To put things in perspective, here are the previous election’s results, compared to this one, in Laurier-Sainte-Marie:
- Block Québécois: 24,103 votes
- Liberal: 8,798 votes
- New Democratic Party: 8,209 votes
- New Democratic Party: 23,377 votes
- Block Québécois: 17,984 votes
- Liberal: 4,976 votes