April 7, 2014 10:15 pm
Updated: April 7, 2014 10:24 pm

Birnbaum keeps Montreal riding D’Arcy-McGee Liberal


WATCH: David Birnbaum discusses what he’ll bring to the National Assembly and the possibility of a cabinet position in the new government

David Birnbaum has won in D’Arcy-McGee – considered one of the safest Liberal seats in Quebec.

Birnbaum won 91.2 per cent of the vote in early results, crushing the four other candidates, who won a combined 8.8 per cent. The closest challenger, the CAQ’s Elizabeth Smart, received only 2.7 per cent of the vote.

Birnbaum, a former journalist and executive director of the Quebec English School Boards Association, replaces longtime Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman, who decided not to run this election. Bergman decisively won the riding with nearly 85 per cent of the vote in 2012, the highest vote percentage in that election. As of 9:45 p.m. on election night, Birnbaum looks like he has shattered that record.

D’Arcy-McGee has been Liberal since its creation in 1966, with one exception: It was held by independent Robert Libman from 1989-1994. It is the only provincial electoral district in Quebec with a Jewish majority, and is historically anti-separatist. Only 3.6 per cent of the population voted “Yes” in the 1995 referendum.

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