Conservatives request recount in riding of Trois-Rivières

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The Conservative candidate in the riding of Trois-Rivières, Yves Lévesque, is asking for a recount after being narrowly defeated by the Bloc Québécois in last week's election. (Radio-Canada - image credit)
The Conservative candidate in the riding of Trois-Rivières, Yves Lévesque, is asking for a recount after being narrowly defeated by the Bloc Québécois in last week's election. (Radio-Canada - image credit)

The federal riding of Trois-Rivières was officially declared a victory for the Bloc Québécois's René Villemure two days after the election — but the margin was only 93 votes.

Now, the Conservative Party of Canada is asking for a recount.

"After having consulted my campaign team, a legal team and members of the national campaign, the decision was made to request a judicial recount," the Conservative candidate, Yves Lévesque, said in a written statement today.

The Bloc's Villemure says he has confidence in the chief scrutineer and in the democratic process.

Officially, Villemure won with 29.5 per cent of the vote with 17,119 votes. Lévesque came second with 29.4 per cent and 17,027 votes, and the Liberal Martin Francoeur was third with 28.6 per cent and 16,563 votes.

Elections Canada's rules say that a recount is automatically granted when the margin of victory is less than one 1/1,000th of the number of eligible voters. In the case of Trois-Rivières, that would mean 58 votes.

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