Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard wins Roberval seat

Watch: Philippe Couillard wins his Roberval seat

Liberal leader Philippe Couillard has won a seat in Roberval, and as of early Monday evening is projected to be Quebec’s next premier.

Couillard won the riding handily, defeating Parti Québecois incumbent Denis Trottier. Couillard won 57.5 per cent of the vote in early results, compared to 36.4 per cent for Trottier.

Couillard, a trained neurosurgeon and former head of several hospital surgery departments, was first elected MNA in 2003 and served as health minister for several years. After a break from politics from 2008 to 2013, he was elected Liberal leader and subsequently won a by-election in the riding of Outremont.

This time, he ran in the riding of Roberval. The riding is known for frequently flipping parties since it was created in 1931. Roberval is of predominantly French-speaking Quebecois heritage.

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Couillard is married to Suzanne Pilote. The couple has five children.

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