April 7, 2014 9:30 pm

Quebec immigration minister Diane De Courcy loses seat

Diane De Courcy, minister responsible for the French Language Charter, speaks about the passing of Bill 14 to a second reading on May 30, 2013.

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Quebec immigration and cultural communities minister Diane De Courcy has lost her seat of Crémazie.

De Courcy was defeated by Liberal Marie Montpetit. Monpetit received 39 per cent of the vote in early results, and De Courcy 31.7 per cent. The CAQ’s Sylvain Bessette came a distant third.

De Courcy was first elected as MNA for Crémazie in 2012. She has been a central figure in the debate surrounding Bill 14 – a proposal to amend the Charter of the French Language.

Montpetit is a consultant for the Ministry of Health and Social Services. She has also worked for the World Health Organization and is the recipient of a health researcher award.

Crémazie has largely voted for the Parti Québecois in the past, but the Liberals have held it on several occasions.

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