Bloc Québécois conceded defeat on Tuesday to Liberal candidate Pascal Saint-Onge, after a judicial recount of nearly 30 ballot boxes in the Brom-Missisquoi ride in the eastern township.
“After verification during this first day of judicial recalculation, the result remains practically the same. As a result, we will not follow in our footsteps and recognize the consequences,” wrote Julian Coulombe-Bonafus, spokesperson for Block Québécoise.
Former union leader Pascal Saint-Onge was declared the winner by a margin of 197 votes over block candidate Marilou Allari.
The block had called for a recount after the close result due to “irregularities” with several ballot boxes.
Melanie Jolie, co-chair of the Liberals’ National Campaign, congratulated the winning candidate on Twitter.
“Pascale is a fighter who will work tirelessly for his fellow citizens,” she wrote. “It has earned its place in Ottawa and as a result the people of Eastern Township will come forward.”
In Quebec, the results of the September 20 elections remain unchanged in terms of the number of seats. The Liberal Party has 35 MPs, the Bloc Québécois 32, the Conservatives 10, and the NDP only one.