Quebec general election, 1998

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The Quebec general election of 1998 was held on November 30, 1998, to elect members of the National Assembly of the Province of Quebec, Canada. The incumbent Parti Québécois, led by Lucien Bouchard, won re-election, defeating the Quebec Liberal Party, led by Jean Charest.

After the narrow defeat of the PQ's proposal for political independence for Quebec in an economic union with the rest of Canada in the 1995 Quebec referendum, PQ leader Jacques Parizeau resigned. Bouchard left federal politics, where he was leader of the Bloc Quebecois party in the Canadian House of Commons, to lead the Parti Quebecois and become premier.

Jean Charest had also left federal politics, where he had been leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Charest was initially seen as a bad fit for the Quebec Liberal Party, and for provinicial politics. He later overcame this perception.

In terms of the number of seats won by each of the two parties, the result was almost identical to the previous 1994 general election. However, this time the Liberals actually won a slightly larger percentage of the popular vote, but nonetheless far fewer seats.

Mario Dumont, leader of the Action démocratique du Québec, repeated his success in winning his own seat, as he had done in the 1994 general election. However, his party also repeated its failure to elect any other member apart from its leader.

Results

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1994 Elected % Change # % % Change

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Parti Qubcois Lucien Bouchard 124 77 76 -1.3% 1,744,240 42.87% -1.88%

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Liberal Jean Charest 125 47 48 +2.1% 1,771,858 43.55% -0.85%

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Action dmocratique Mario Dumont 125 1 1 - 480,636 11.81% +5.35%

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Social Democratic   97 - - - 24,097 0.59% -0.26%

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Equality   24 - - - 12,543 0.31% +0.02%

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Bloc pot   24 * - * 9,944 0.24% *

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Natural Law   35 - - - 5,369 0.13% -0.72%

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Marxist-Leninist   24 - - - 2,747 0.07% +0.04%

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Innovator   20 - - - 2,484 0.06% +0.01%

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Communist   20 - - - 2,113 0.05% +0.02%

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Independent/no designation 39 - - - 12,441 0.31% -1.38%
Total 657 125 125 - 4,068,472 100%  
Source: Elections Quebec (http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/fr/)

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

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See also

External link

  • CBC TV video clip (http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-73-651-3791/politics_economy/quebec_elections/clip11)
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