September 30, 2018 11:50 pm
Updated: October 1, 2018 12:35 pm

Quebec election: Abitibi-Ouest results

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The riding of Abitibi-Ouest, which borders on Ontario, is located in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

It includes the areas of Amos, Barraute and Roquemaure.

The four candidates from parties serving in the National Assembly at dissolution:

Coalition Avenir Québec: Suzanne Blais
Parti Québécois: Sylvain Vachon
Quebec Liberal Party: Martin Veilleux
Québec Solidaire: Rose Marquis

PQ incumbent François Gendron, who has represented Abitibi-Ouest since the era of René Lévesque, is not seeking re-election.

History

Abitibi-Ouest was created in 1944 when the riding of Abitibi was officially split into two.

The riding has been a Parti Québécois stronghold since the party came to power and it has been held by outgoing politician François Gendron since 1976.

After Gendron was elected under the PQ led by René Lévesque, he served the riding until 2018, when he announced he was leaving the political sphere.

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