After Friday’s recount in a Quebec riding, the New Democrats have the largest Official Opposition since 1980.
A judicial recount in a Quebec riding has given the NDP a historic seat total not seen since 1980. Friday’s recount confirmed the NDP’s François Lapointe had won by nine votes over Conservative incumbent Bernard Généreux in the riding of Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup. This is the NDP’s 59th seat in the province, while the Conservatives’ total is now five in Quebec. The win gives the NDP 103 seats nationwide, whereas the Conservatives have 166. Jack Layton’s NDP now ties with Joe Clark’s Progressive Conservative party as the largest ever Official Opposition to a majority government.