Historical implications of Quebec's election upset as yet another Canadian province votes conservative

Historical implications of Quebec’s election upset as yet another Canadian province votes conservative

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[National Post] Even in a province that routinely delivers stunning election results, last night’s Quebec provincial election was particularly special. Below, a quick guide as to why 2018 is going to be one of those years that sticks in Quebecers’ memories.

VIDEO: [CBC News] Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault’s speech laying out his government’s priorities following his historic win.


First conservative government in Quebec since 1970
Although they have way slicker branding than the usual Canadian Tories, Coalition Avenir Quebec ticks most of the boxes for a Canadian conservative party: Tax cuts, increased privatization and an end to Quebec dependence on equalization payments. An actual named conservative party hasn’t won seats in Quebec since 1935, but the province’s last right wing government was under the Union Nationale, the political machine famously headed by Quebec strongman Maurice Duplessis. Essentially, CAQ is the first conservative party to win power in a Quebec where it’s common to see churches turned into condominiums.

Most personally wealthy premier since Danny Williams
According to disclosures made last month, CAQ leader Francois Legault is worth $10 million. Although he spent the early 2000s as a Parti Quebecois MNA, Legault has an extensive business background that includes co-founding Air Transat in 1987. Unlike the United States, it’s somewhat rare that Canadians elect millionaires to lead them. But Legault’s wealth is still dwarfed by that of former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams. Nicknamed Danny Millions, he was head of Cable Atlantic before selling it to Rogers for $282 million in 2000.

Most personally wealthy premier since Danny Williams
According to disclosures made last month, CAQ leader Francois Legault is worth $10 million. Although he spent the early 2000s as a Parti Quebecois MNA, Legault has an extensive business background that includes co-founding Air Transat in 1987. Unlike the United States, it’s somewhat rare that Canadians elect millionaires to lead them. But Legault’s wealth is still dwarfed by that of former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams. Nicknamed Danny Millions, he was head of Cable Atlantic before selling it to Rogers for $282 million in 2000.

This article continues at [National Post] All the ways in which the Quebec election made history

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