Economist wins in Robert-Baldwin

Anthony Abbondanza
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Carlos Leitao defeats large pool of political newcomers Monday night, will represent the West Island riding in the National Assembly

Departing MNA Pierre Marsan congradulates Carlos Leitao after the former economist was elected as Robert-Baldwin’s latest member of national assembly by a landslide margin.

As expected, it wasn’t even close.

On Monday night, the Liberals’ Carlos Leitao was elected to represent Robert-Baldwin in the National Assembly in Quebec City. The former chief economist at Laurentian Bank garnered 87.19 percent of the vote (24,256) as of 10:08 p.m. in Monday’s provincial election, which declared a Liberal majority

The party gained 71 seats to oust Pauline Marois' Parti Quebecois goverment.

“I think a stong message was sent that politics of last 18 months were very divisive. All across the province, it appears people were uncomfortable. I think it’s a sign that people want to get along with the real issues,” said Leitao just after he was pronounced the winner at 8:30 p.m.

Leitao, who wasn’t parachuted into the riding to replace the departing Liberal MNA Pierre Marsan after 30 years of active political service, defeated runner up Jamie Allen of the Coalition Avenir Quebec by over 23,000 votes.

Leitao immediately spoke about how making progress in transportation, job creation, and health care will be key moving forward in Robert-Baldwin.

Allen could not be reached.

The Parti Quebecois’ Michael Comtois-Lussier finished third with 4.16 of the vote, followed by Ali Faour (QS) with 1.81 per cent.

The Green Party had a rather disappointing display, finishing behind the pro-sovereignty parties with only 1.2 percent of the vote as of late Monday evening.

According to the party’s Mathieu Mireault, “nobody had their voice heard tonight.”

He added: “a lot of people who voted Liberal is more because they were afraid of the PQ than they were in agreement with them.”

Mireault said the voting system needs to be changed to a more proportional system which best reflects Quebecers.

Voter turnout was registered at 73 per cent.

The Liberal Party made the economy the main priority during the electoral campaign. Leitao’s star candidacy, along with Jacques Daoust of Investissement Quebec (MNA-elect in Verdun) and Martin Coiteux of the Bank of Canada (MNA-elect in Nelligan), helped highlight the need for revitalization of the Quebec economy.

Leitao, as well as his fellow Liberal contingent, campaigned hard in recent weeks, touring the West Island and the rest of the province, pushing job creation ideas like the Plan Nord project and the Maritime Strategy, which will help boost natural resource development and marine tourism, respectively.

Robert-Baldwin is the smallest in size of all the West Island ridings, comprised of parts of Pierrefonds-Roxboro and all of Dollard des Ormeaux, bounded by the area’s major boulevards such as Pierrefonds, Sources, and Jacques-Bizard.

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Organizations: National Assembly, Laurentian Bank, Parti Quebecois Avenir Quebec The Green Party Liberal Party Investissement Quebec Bank of Canada Maritime Strategy

Geographic location: West Island, Quebec City, Verdun Nelligan Pierrefonds

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