Federal Liberals grabbed another seat in Quebec after a judicial recount on Wednesday.
Elections Canada confirmed that incumbent Brenda Shanahan would return to parliament, after recounting she was declared the winner by only 12 votes over her Bloc Quebecois rival in Chateauguay-Lacole.
This reverses the preliminary results of the September 20 election, in which Shanahan lost to Patrick O’Hara of the block by 286 votes.
The recount brought the total number of seats won by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to 160, although the winner in one of them – Kevin Wong in Toronto’s Spadina-Fort York – remained an independent MP after the party failed to disclose the past. I will be sitting. The allegation of sexual harassment which was eventually dropped.
This raises the Liberal seat tally in Quebec to 35, as won by the party in 2019; The block emerges with 32 seats, which is also unchanged from 2019.
The Conservatives took 10 seats in the province and the NDP also held one unchanged.
However, the results of two other judicial recounts in Quebec and another in Toronto are yet to come.
As it was on Wednesday, Liberal Party spokesman Brayden Kelly said Trudeau is the first prime minister after his late father Pierre Trudeau to win the most seats in Quebec in three consecutive elections.
Elections Canada spokeswoman Natasha Gauthier said it was the first time since 2008 that a judicial recount had overturned the initial result.
In the case of Chateauguay-Lacolle, it stated that “human error” was to blame for incorrectly recording a count from a box of advance voting ballots.
Gauthier stated that 396 Liberal votes were mistakenly recorded as NDP votes, while 70 votes for the NDP candidate were mistakenly attributed to the Liberal claimant, Shanahan.
A recount in the Quebec ride of Trois-Rivires – where the bloc ousted the Conservatives by 92 votes in preliminary results – is expected to end on Thursday.
Recounts are set to begin Tuesday in the riding of Davenport in Toronto – where incumbent Liberal Julie Dzerowicz was leading just 76 votes ahead of her NDP challenger – and Quebec’s Brom-Missisquoi – where the Liberal bloc was leading by 197 votes.
Any recounts would not change the overall result of the election, which returned Trudeau’s Liberals with a minority government, less than the 170 seats needed for a majority.
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