The left wing Québec solidaire won eight per cent of the vote, a gain of two points over 2012. It increased its share of seats from two to three. The party’s two, well-known sitting MNAs handily won reelection. All three QS MNAs were elected in inner city districts in Montreal.
Marois and the PQ made one blunder after another over the course of the election campaign. At the outset, her recruitment of ‘star candidate’ Pierre Karl Péladeau delivered a serious blow to the party’s social democratic credentials. He is a notorious, anti-union media tycoon.