Brome-Missisquoi riding to get judicial recount after Bloc's request

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Pascale St-Onge won the federal riding of Brome-Missisquoi by fewer than 200 votes.  (André Vuillemin/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Pascale St-Onge won the federal riding of Brome-Missisquoi by fewer than 200 votes. (André Vuillemin/Radio-Canada - image credit)

A judicial recount in the Brome-Missisquoi federal riding will take place following a request by the Bloc Québécois candidate, Marilou Alarie.

Alarie was leading by a small margin after election night, but the riding went to Liberal candidate Pascale St-Onge after mail-in ballots were counted. St-Onge won by 186 votes, three days after the election.

The recount will take place in Cowansville on Oct. 12 before court representatives and members of the Bloc Québécois and the Liberal Party.

A Superior Court judge in Bedford rendered the decision Friday morning.

"There are additional stages of verification," said Alarie, who called for the recount because some 60 voting irregularities were raised.

"When you file a request, you need valid reasons," she said. "This is what the judge assessed, and today we know the ruling."

It can take up to three days before the final tally is announced, according to Alarie.

"I'm happy to take the next steps," she said. "I think, for all parties, it's good to work with final results, and everyone is waiting for those results to move forward."

In a news release, St-Onge said she was "aware of the judge's decision" and assured her team's full co-operation.

"It's for the sake of citizens' trust in their institutions," she said.

The irregularities noted after the election and the close win pushed the Bloc to submit a request for a judicial recount on Sept 29.

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