April 10, 2014, 3:04 p.m.
Early elections to the National Assembly of Quebec / Assemblée nationale du Québec were held on April 7, 2014. Early elections were called by the ruling Parti Québécois (PQ), who had been leading a minority government following elections in 2012. Hoping to capitalize on popular support, the PQ called for early elections on March 5, 2014. Despite early polls showing the PQ having a chance of winning a majority government, the inclusion of Pierre Karl PÉLADEAU as a candidate lessened the PQ’s popularity. PÉLADEAU, the president and CEO of media conglomerate Quebecor, was seen to be at odds with the historical policies of the PQ, and was outspoken in support of holding an independence referendum in Quebec. As a result, on Election Day, the PQ only won 30 seats with 1,074,115 votes (25.38 percent). The Liberal Party of Quebec / Parti Libéral du Québec won an outright majority of seats (70), while winning 1,757,075 votes (41.52 percent). Turnout for the election was 71.43 percent, with 4,295,055 Quebecois voting.