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Quebec separatist party helps strip Trudeau of majority

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 22, 2019
A Quebec separatist party made a comeback in Canada’s election that helped deprive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of a majority.
Yves-Francois Blanchet
Canada   Yves-Francois Blanchet
The Bloc Quebecois, revitalized under new leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, jumped to 32 seats from 10 seats in the predominantly French-speaking province, according to provisional results. Quebec accounts for 78 seats in the House of Commons, second only to Ontario.

Topics: Quebec Trudeau

“We have come far but we will go further,” Blanchet told jubilant supporters in the early hours of Tuesday.

The ruling Liberals went into the election seeking to add 10 seats to the 40 they held in Quebec. But the Bloc’s resurgence meant they lost seven, helping Trudeau fall 14 seats short of a national majority.

Blanchet’s party will not be a kingmaker in the new Parliament, however, since the Liberals look set to govern with the left-leaning New Democrats.