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This Is How A Liberal Minority Government Will Affect Quebec

The rise of the Bloc Québécois may make things difficult for Trudeau.
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This Is How A Liberal Minority Government Will Affect Quebec

After a hard-fought and difficult election, the Liberals and Justin Trudeau were able to win a minority government in Canada

The Liberals won a total of 156 seats compared to the Conservative's 122 seats. The Bloc Québécois, one of this election's biggest surprises, managed to win 32 seats. The NDP won a disappointing 24 seats and the Greens only managed 3 seats. There were two surprises: Maxime Bernier lost his own riding in Beauce and Jody Wilson-Raybould, the ousted former Attorney General of Canada, won her riding in Vancouver-Granville. 

Another huge twist was the resurgence of the Bloc Québécois to relevance. The BQ was able to block any Conservative momentum in Québec, stole Liberal seats, and nearly wiped out the NDP in the province.

Even though they won only 7.8% of the popular vote, the Bloc managed to go from not even being an official party to being the third-largest opposition to the Liberal minority. 

But what does this all mean for Justin Trudeau's chances to gain traction in Québec?

The Liberals all but swept Montreal, Laval, the South Shore and the surrounding area. While that isn't a surprise, the Liberals have a tough task ahead of them trying to gain back the trust of the rest of the province. 

In his speech after his win last night, Trudeau said that he's "heard Quebec's message" and that "you wanted to go forward with us, but you also wanted a louder voice in Ottawa." Apparently, Quebecers have found this voice with the Bloc Québécois. 

According to CBC News, the Bloc's resurgence could point to the rise of a "new Quebec nationalism" as advertised by the CAQ. Clearly, as per the election results, Quebecers are dissatisfied with the Trudeau and the Liberals.  

It's not for lack of trying, however.

Trudeau and the Liberals have already promised many new infrastructural and green investments in the province such as the blue line extension in Montreal, investing the Grand Parc de l'Ouest, and the tramway in Quebec City.

According to leader Yves Francois-Blanchet, the Bloc will attempt to "collaborate" with any government to guarantee the concerns of Quebec are heard in Ottawa. If not, he says that his party will "stand in the way". 

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In what the National Post calls a "major shift" in the province of Quebec, Trudeau and the Liberals might have a tough time in the province for the next few years.

Historically, Liberals have been sympathetic to the concerns of Quebecers, but the province has changed a lot since the glory days of Quebec Liberals like Jean Chretien. 

In fact, a Liberal minority government might have to spend more time fending off Conservative's attempts at undermining them than worrying about Quebec. This could be a reason why the BQ saw such a resurgence last night. 

There are a lot of moving parts and it's way too early to tell, but for now, it seems like a Liberal minority will affect the province however much the Bloc Québécois allows it to. 

Stay tuned for more post-election reactions and news only on MTL Blog! 

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