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Liberal MNA Francois Ouimet celebrates after being elected, virtue of roughly 65 per cent of the vote, again to the National Assembly.
It was the heaviest field of political opponents he’s faced in his 20-year political career. Yet Francois Ouimet managed to ease his way to a seventh term as Marquette MNA as he garnered 64.5 per cent (14,854) of the vote as of 10 p.m. Monday evening.
Ouimet arrived at his electoral committee office in Lachine by 9 p.m., his victory long secured as well as Liberal majority.
“Winds of change are blowing across the province. I’m very excited to have peace of mind the enxt four years and deliver on the real issues,” Ouimet told the Chronicle, shortly after he was pronounced the winner at 8:30 p.m.
The Liberal MNA finished ahead of runner up Elisabeth Fortin (Parti Quebecois) by 12,279 votes.
Fortin could not be reached following her defeat.
Marc Theriault of the Coalition Avenir Quebec finished third with 12.5 per cent of the vote, followed by Marie-France Raymond-Dufour of Quebec Solidaire with 5.3 per cent of the vote.
The candidates could not be reached for comment.
With hundreds of people losing factory jobs (Humpty Dumpty, Blue Water Seafoods) in Lachine in recent years, Ouimet urged residents to vote Liberal to ensure the economy becomes Quebec’s main priority, and not a referendum, which he described as “something people don’t want” in an interview with the Chronicle last week.
“It’s important to keep a great presence in the community. During the election campaign, I met a lot of people and it gave me the chance to learn their needs,” said Ouimet.
What’s on the agenda for the next 100 days?
According to Ouimet, funding for the Lachine Hospital.The Liberal MNA said its time for his constituents to finally get what they’ve wanted for years.
Consisted of Dorval, Dorval Island and Lachine, Marquette is one of the smaller ridings west of Montreal with a population of 59, 820. More linguistically diverse then other West Island ridings, Marquette has been a Liberal stronghold since its creation in 1980.
Ouimet was first elected to the National Assembly in 1994, beating the Parti Quebecois' (PQ) Robert Farineau by 5,728 votes. Over the years, that difference in votes has more than doubled.
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