Ottawa – The Federal Liberals say they have secured another seat in Quebec after a judicial recalculation.

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They say the incumbent Brenda Shanahan will return to parliament when recounts declared her the winner by only 12 votes over her bloc Québécois 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.

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The recount brings the total number of seats won by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to 160, although the winner in one of them – Kevin Vuong in Toronto’s Spadina-Fort York – remains an independent MP after the party failed to disclose. Will be sitting A previous sexual assault charge that 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.

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The election returned Trudeau’s Liberals with a minority government, 10 seats short of the 170 needed for a majority.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 6, 2021.