It was made official last evening: CAQ will form a majority government in Quebec. While there were some pretty mixed emotions about the outcome of the election, the bigger problem happened to be voter turnout.
TL;DR The 2018 Quebec Election only attracted a voter turnout of 67%. The reason being that most anglophones in the province chose to opt out of voting this year. With a huge distrust for CAQ amongst the English-speaking community, anglophones chose to stay home rather than cast a losing vote for the liberals.
Surprisingly, only 67% of Quebecers ended up voting in the election, the lowest since 2008.
We'll never know what the outcome of the election would have been if all Quebecers eligible to vote actually made an appearance Monday night.
We can ask why they didn't though.
The biggest reason for the low turnout was due to the anglophone population in Quebec.
Many English-speaking Quebecers who had previously voted liberal in past elections ended up not casting a ballot at all this time around.
Despite the first-ever leaders' debate in English, outreach wasn't enough to convince anglophones in the province.
With previous speculation that the CAQ would end up winning a majority government, and English-speakers already feeling a huge disconnect with the party, they felt as though there was no point in casting a vote.
With most anglophones staying home for this election, there was a record-breaking low in liberal votes.
A majority of francophones voted CAQ, which resulted in the historic win.
Although this election took an interesting turn, with over 30% of the province not even voting, we can only hope that for the future Canadian federal election there is a larger turnout of voters in our province.