CAQ candidate gets Philippe Couillard's old seat in Roberval byelection

CAQ candidate gets Philippe Couillard's old seat in Roberval byelection

Voters in the riding of Roberval decided Monday to give former Liberal premier Philippe Couillard's seat at the National Assembly to Coalition Avenir Québec's Nancy Guillemette.

Couillard announced he was leaving politics following the Liberals' major defeat by François Legault's CAQ.

Liberal candidate William Laroche looked to hold on to the seat, held by Couillard since 2014, but it was CAQ candidate Guillemette who managed to increase the party's majority at the National Assembly.

A total of seven candidates ran in the byelection in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Guillemette is the director-general of Santé mentale Québec/Lac-Saint-Jean and a former Roberval city councillor.

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