Liberals steal former NDP leader’s seat in Quebec by-election

Feb 26 2019, 3:26 am

Federal Liberal candidate Rachel Bendayan has won the by-election in the riding of Outremont, with 41.9% of the votes.

Her election marks a change to the political landscape of the riding which has been NDP stronghold since 2007.

Bendayan is a former international arbitration lawyer and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Small Business and Tourism.

The riding was the home of former federal NDP party leader Tom Mulcair.

In October, opposition leaders Andrew Scheer, Mario Beaulieu, and Elizabeth May rallied with Singh in a joint letter, calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to announce by-elections immediately in the Burnaby-South (BC), York-Simcoe (Ontario), and Outremont (Quebec) ridings.

“While the parties we lead disagree on what solutions are best for the challenges facing Canadians, we are in complete agreement that Canadians deserve to have elected representation as soon as possible,” the letter reads.

“We urge you to do what’s best for Canadians in these ridings and immediately call the byelections for all vacant seats in the House of Commons.”

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Elections Canada