Clement Gignac (L) with Quebec Premier Jean Charest, as he celebrates his by-elelction win in the riding of Marguerite-Bourgeoys on Monday June 22, 2009. Photograph by: Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette
MONTREAL — Quebec's Liberals sailed to an easy provincial byelection victory in the Montreal-area riding of Marguerite-Bourgeoys Monday night and narrowly picked up a second more difficult win in the eastern Quebec riding of Riviere-du-Loup.
The doubleheader win is a boost for Liberal Premier Jean Charest's troops — it is the party's first electoral test since the December 2008 general election — but spells trouble for the Parti Quebecois which threw all it had at Riviere-du-Loup, a rural francophone riding held for 14 years by Action democratique du Quebec leader Mario Dumont.
The ADQ suffered a humiliating slip to third place in what was for years known as Super Mario's kingdom.
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More New On The Quebec Liberal Byelection Wins
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Liberals sweep two Quebec by-elections -- Montreal Gazette
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