Bloc Québécois cements itself as third largest party in Canadian Parliament
Pro-independence party makes slight gains in snap election won again by Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberals
The snap election leaves Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party with a plurality of seats, the absolute majority being at 170 seats. Trudeau will therefore again need to seek support from other groups in order to govern.
BQ leader Yves-François Blanchet had said that exceeding 32 seats would be a good result for his party and reaching 40, “a dream”.
The BQ’s manifesto focused on overcoming the pandemic, improving federal funding to the provinces for health care, promoting the French language, and fighting climate change, among other issues.
Quebec independence has not featured prominently among campaign issues. Nor does the BQ’s manifesto make any reference to it. For years, polls have shown that a large majority of Quebecers would reject independence if a new referendum were held.